June 2006

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30.6.06

Hexham Courant 30.6.06 Death threats and nasty phone calls all in day’s work By BRIAN TILLEY - CHARACTERS don’t come much bigger than Richard Dodd – and even he’s not as big as he used to be. For the larger-than-life countryside campaigner, farmer, thespian and former councillor has just shed four stones on a diet…. But there’s still no mistaking the affable Northern regional director of the Countryside Alliance. He’s forever on the television, the radio or his soapbox, promoting the way of life he has always held dear…. (story)

Hexham Courant 30.6.06 Helping hands at Alliance event By WILL GREEN - SINCE the county rally its been all go for Stamfordham YFC…. Looking to the future, it has been asked to help out at the Countryside Alliance Ball, on July 8, at Belsay Hall. This will once again help to raise valuable funds for the club…. (story)

Western Daily Press 30.6.06 IGNORE THE LAWS YOU DON'T LIKE - I Do wish that Giles Bradshaw and his hooray Henry friends would accept that hunting dumb wild animals just for fun, is a travesty for many of us in the countryside - in fact, for a big majority… Bob Andrews Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 30.6.06 A DISREGARD FOR ALL WILDLIFE - The only possible outcome of the pro-hunt demo at the wildlife sanctuary on Exmoor will be to highlight the typically insensitive and self-serving behaviour of hunt supporters, and generate even more condemnation of them. This is an extremely delicate time of the year with birds still nesting and young of all kinds just finding their feet… Gill Purser Cheltenham Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Daily Press 30.6.06 OH DEER - HUNTING BAN PROTEST IS A DAMP SQUIB (JUNE 26) - Sensible deer - they are blessed with survival instincts and mechanisms and there are reasons why "Bambi" wears a spotted coat until he is old enough to protect himself! Giles has simply made a fool of himself… K Watson Cheshire (letter)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 30.6.06 VEGGIE-LOVERS CAN FIND OUT MORE - Tomorrow, Gloucester: A celebration of all things vegetarian takes place at Gloucester's GL1 leisure centre tomorrow. At Gloucestershire Veggie Fair visitors can get information on vegetarian and vegan lifestyles…. (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 22.6.06 VEG OUT AT FAYRE - Ever thought about becoming a veggie? For many people the very idea of giving up the meat roast and two veg for a nut cutlet is unthinkable. But growing numbers are turning their backs on meat products and becoming vegetarians or vegans. Now the first ever Gloucestershire Veggie Fayre is being held in the county to showcase this alternative way of eating…. Gloucestershire Veggie Fayre organiser Chris Dowdeswell, of Midland Road, Gloucester, has been a vegan for about a year and a half…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.6.06 COME ALONG TO VEGGIE FEAST - The countdown is on to Gloucester's first vegetarian food festival. The Gloucestershire Veggie Fayre is at GL1 Leisure Centre on July 1, starting at 9.30am… For more information or to enter a competition to win an iPod, visit www.veggiefayre.co.uk or contact Chris from Action Vegans! (story)

Yorkshire Post 30.6.06 Keep ban on whaling From: Horace A Parkinson, Mowbray Road, South Common, Thorne, Doncaster. AFTER the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting, which ended with talk of compromise with a key victory for pro-whaling nations, Japan says some anti-whaling nations are softening their stance…. The future should not hold a return to commercial hunting (letter)

Hastings Observer 30.6.06 Captive birds - WHILE holidaying in Hastings my family and I went to St Helen’s Woods Society’s summer fete. We spent a pleasant afternoon there and I felt as though I had been transported back to the 1950s - very quaint. However, l was surprised and disappointed to see captive birds on display in the very same environment which they should have been, by rights, enjoying as wildlife…. M DALLAS, Llandysul, Cairms, Wales SA44 5W (letter)

29.6.06

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 29.6.06 CONSERVATION: No quick fixes - I read with interest the good news in your article about the survival of the water vole in fenland areas, compared to other areas where its numbers are being driven towards extinction by the non-native North American mink. However, I was depressed to see the mink being dismissively described as having "escaped" from fur farms. In reality, escapees from fur farms were statistically insignificant. The majority of mink introduced into our wetland areas were deliberately released from fur farms by so called "animal rights campaigners"…. And the greatest irony? Having caused the problem in our wetlands by releasing the mink in the first place, they still refused to allow mink hunting to be exempted from the ban – ensuring that the problem became even worse…. George Bowyer, Milton Park, Peterborough (letter)

Western Daily Press 29.6.06 LOOPHOLE IN HUNTING LAW MUST BE CLOSED - What a humiliating outcome for Giles Bradshaw (Oh deer - Hunting ban protest is a damp squib, June 26). I almost feel sorry for him, but not quite, for he is part of a small minority who wish to overturn the Hunting Act and return us to the days when hunts could legally tear a wild animal apart… The Hunting Act needs tightening up. No animal-based scents, and hounds must be retrained to follow artificial scents as in the case of drag hunting. This will make the enforcement of the Act easier…. Helen Weeks West Coker (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.6.06 HUNTING BAN PROTEST IS A DAMP SQUIB - Giles Bradshaw is just a publicity seeker who likes the fact that the media turn up and he gets letters printed…. Mike, Bristol
I think we all owe Mr Bradshaw a certain amount of thanks. He has kindly highlighted the fact that the hunting ban does require some tweaking in order to close the loopholes which enable him and his ilk to flout the democratic law of the land… Steve Smith, Taunton (letter)

Daily Post 29.6.06 Poachers' paradise By Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - WIDESPREAD poaching of salmon and trout is threatening one of Wales's greatest natural resources, angling clubs have told the Welsh Assembly. Illegal fishing is rife but there are just four pairs of bailiffs covering 3,470 miles of river in North Wales, said the Federation of Clwyd Angling Clubs (FCAC)… (story)

Blackpool Citizen 29.6.06 Protest about cruel snares - In 1983 the Labour Party manifesto pledged to prohibit the use of snares in the UK. Twenty three years later half of the MPs able to have signed the EDM 75 calling for a ban on snares…. May I please ask animal minded readers to write to the Right Honorable David Milliband MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR and ask him which suitable alternatives have already been identified to use powers to be granted under the Animal Welfare Bill to bring about an end to this silent barbaric killer on our countryside. Josephine Harwood Moor Park Avenue Bispham (letter)

Independent 29.6.06 Our demolition of the natural world - I was strangely touched to read of Deborah Orr's childhood belief in the message contained in Born Free and Ring of Bright Water (24 June). Having acted in both films in the 1960s, I would like to tell her that, as an adult, I too believed in them being "unanswerable statements of the animal conservation movement". For me they were also life-changing… VIRGINIA MCKENNA, CO-FOUNDER, THE BORN FREE FOUNDATION HORSHAM, WEST SUSSEX (letter)

Sun 29.6.06 Pammie shows baring side - PAMELA Anderson bares . . . because she cares. The star, hosting an animal rights evening, posed in a G-string at designer Stella McCartney’s London shop… Pammie, 38, helped to hand out PETA awards for celebs who have fought animal cruelty…. (story)

Argus 29.6.06 Letter: It is wrong to demonise wild birds - I was appalled by your article headlined "Blight of the birds" (The Argus, June 16). Is this not the second article about the so-called "Birdman", John Butler, and his anti-bird alarm which scares birds using the distress call of their breed?... I enjoy balanced articles in The Argus but this one encouraged us to hate our bird population unnecessarily… -Gemma Millwood, Saltdean (letter in archive)

WDCS ANTI WHALING LETTER
Shropshire Star 29.6.06 Society for protection of whales needs you - Sue Fisher Whaling Expert for WDCS, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 22.6.06 Save the whale! - I write to draw your attention to the plight facing the world's whales following the recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission…. The global community has a year to prevent the destruction of the commission. A return to commercial whaling will spell disaster for these magnificent creatures… Sue Fisher, Whaling Expert for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, St Paul Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire (letter)

Liverpool Echo 29.6.06 I HEARTILY endorse Anne Graham's letter (ECHO, June 23) about abuse of animals. Spare a thought also for the millions of animals bred for food, particularly poultry - millions of chickens live short, miserable and painful lives in totally unnatural conditions…. Lynne, Old Swan (full name supplied) (story)

Milford Mercury 29.6.06 Row over Anne the elephant - Animal rights protesters are urging the public not to visit Bobby Roberts Super Circus at the County Showground this week. Around 30 members of the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) demonstrated outside the Showground on the circus' opening night on Tuesday to raise awareness that a 56-year-old elephant is used in some of the acts. Sally Koob, organiser of the protest, said: "This elephant, Anne, is the last to be used in a circus show in Britain and has extremely bad arthritis…. (story)

28.6.06

Western Daily Press 28.6.06 HUNTING BAN PROTEST IS A DAMP SQUIB (JUNE 26) - Giles Bradshaw, get a life and stop trying to justify the cruelty of hunting an innocent wild animal… Paul Timpson, Taunton (story)

Carmarthen Journal 28.6.06 NATIONAL SURVEY OF FOXES - A Carmarthen farmer's story about a fox has featured in the BBC Wildlife magazine. Mike Squire responded to the BBC's national Fox UK forum, which was launched earlier this year to create the first-ever definitive portrait of the modern fox… Sophie Stafford, editor of BBC Wildlife magazine, commented: "I am delighted with the response to Fox UK. Contributors' stories and pictures have helped us to build a fascinating portrait of the modern fox: friendly, clever, funny and handsome… (story)

Boston Globe 28.6.06 Animal rights extremists face backlash By Alana Semuels, Globe Correspondent - Animal rights extremists, known for their attention-grabbing stunts and sometimes using violence to make their point, are facing considerable backlash in Britain…. It's hard to say what tipped the balance against activists. Some analysts said it was when, in 2004, a relative of a farmer who bred research guinea pigs was disinterred… Yet many think the anti-extremism movement was jump-started by Laurie Pycroft, a 16-year-old high school dropout and self-proclaimed geek…. (story)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 28.6.06 Animal tests for insulin saved lives - THERE has been a lot of media coverage recently on animal experiments and the antics of the animal activists, which is over the top. I do not agree with testing on animals for cosmetic or smoking purposes. But I do agree with the experiment on a dog for insulin by Banten and Best in 1921…. Freeing animals and digging people up is not the answer. Name and Address Supplied (story)

Glasgow Herald 28.6.06 Crackdown on puppy farms and pet fairs - DOUGLAS FRASER - Pet fairs and electric-shock dog collars face likely bans as a new animal welfare regime is rolled out. Environment and Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie said the recent passage of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill this month will soon bring a wave of secondary legislation that will tighten regulation of the sale of pets over the internet, imports from puppy farms, animals in travelling circuses, plus stables and kennels… (story)
Scotsman 28.6.06 New law means Scotland now leads the way on animal welfare - JIM BUCHAN - THE vast majority of Scotland's farmers are highly conscious of the necessity of maintaining high standards of animal welfare. The fact is that, if their livestock is not properly looked after, profits slide down the drain. However, there is a very small minority who have, over the years, given the industry a bad name as a result of their ignorance and total disregard for the welfare of cattle, sheep, pigs and, occasionally, horses. Last month, the Scottish Parliament passed a new bill which will update all the existing legislation dating back to 1912. That bill will receive the Royal Assent next month. The implications of this were discussed in some length at a conference in Edinburgh yesterday… (story)

Scotsman 28.6.06 Chimps and apes to get same rights as humans - TONY JEFFERIES - SPAIN is not the first country that springs to mind as a land of animal lovers - it is better known for bullfighting and the large number of stray cats and dogs on its streets. But that image is set for a change. Today, the Spanish parliament will consider a resolution granting higher primates the same rights to life and freedom as humans. [The resolution recognising the rights of apes, chimpanzees and orang-utans has been put forward by Francisco Garrido, a bioethicist and member of the Green Party. It has the support of the socialist PSOE party and seems certain to become law….(story)

Dublin People 28.6.06 Shun animal products totally - One of the main anti-dairy arguments is that drinking milk from another animal isn't natural. Like other mammals, we are not designed to drink milk past weaning… For compassionate reasons vegans shun animal products totally. This evidence shows it makes sense from a health as well as from an ethical viewpoint. Bernie Wright, Alliance for Animal Rights www.afarireland.org Dublin 1 (story)

27.6.06

Western Daily Press 27.6.06 RSPCA GONG GOES TO TWO HUNT HEROES - Two hunt monitors have received awards from the RSPCA for their work on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Peter White, from Somerset, and Kevin Hill, from Dorset, have spent 20 years working for the organisation as hunt monitors, enduring insults and threats on a daily basis…. In recognition of their work, the RSPCA awarded them its new Special Investigation Award for 2006 at it annual general meeting…. Jackie Ballard paid tribute to the courage of the pair whose footage and photographs have included the discovery of artificial fox earths used by the Royal Beaufort Hunt. (story)

LACS NATIONAL TRUST LETTER
Western Morning News 27.6.06 MISLEADING COVERAGE OF NATIONAL TRUST'S POLICY - Douglas Batchelor, of the League Against Cruel Sports, echoes misleading press coverage speculating that the National Trust is changing its policy to allow the hunting of deer with dogs on its land. What in fact is proposed is a very narrow measure - applying only to the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor - to help us deal as effectively and humanely as possible with exceptional cases where clearly sick or injured deer are found by hunts on adjacent land and cross into trust property…. Peter Nixon, Director of ConservationThe National TrustSwindon, Wiltshire (story)
Northumberland Gazette 22.6.06 Trust hunt ban must stay in place - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Bath Chronicle 19.6.06 JUST AN EXCUSE FOR DEER HUNTING - The letter from Peter Nixon, director of conservation at the National Trust, is typical of the reply I would expect from somebody in his position…. Sick or injured deer, will be better off being left to their own devices, and allowed to quietly fade away or recover from their injuries… Finally, Peter Nixon and his colleagues should not forget the majority decision taken seven years ago on this subject. Go against that decision at your peril. Terry Organ, Oldfield Lane, Bath (letter)
Bath Chronicle 13.6.06 Hunting deer - In his letter, Douglas Batchelor, of the League Against Cruel Sports, echoes the misleading press coverage speculating that the National Trust is changing its policy to allow the hunting of deer with dogs on its land. What in fact is proposed is a very narrow measure - applying only to the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor - to help us deal as effectively and humanely as possible with the exceptional cases where clearly sick or injured deer are found by hunts on adjacent land and cross into National Trust property… This is entirely an animal welfare activity with the purpose of minimising suffering. Peter Nixon, Director of Conservation, The National Trust (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 10.6.06 Deer will suffer change in trust policy - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR London (letter)
Western Morning News 8.6.06 TRUST HUNT BAN MUST STAY - Douglas BatchelorChief executiveLeague Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 5.6.06 Help block trust’s plans for hunting - D Batchelor. Chief executive. League Against Cruel Sports. London (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 5.6.06 Trust's ban on hunting must get the vote - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 1.6.06 Deer hunt shame - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London SE1 (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 5.6.06 Trust decision - Douglas Batchelor Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, 83-87 Union Street, London. (letter)
North east Evening Gazette 2.6.06 Hunting plan fears - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Bath Chronicle 2.6.06 DEER HUNTING WITH DOGS ON TRUST LAND? - Many of your readers will be members or supporters of the National Trust and, I am sure, will share my distress that the charity is contemplating allowing the hunting of deer with dogs on its land… At the trust's AGM in November, there will be a resolution calling for a continuation of the ban on hunts on Trust land. I am confident that the majority of members will support it. I would also urge your readers to write to the trust expressing opposition to any change in the existing policy. DOUGLAS BATCHELORChief executiveLeague Against Cruel SportsUnion StreetLondon (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 27.6.06 TORIES STILL SOFT ON HUNTING - I have to laugh when David Cameron keeps going on about compassionate Conservatism, yet will not mention the issues of hunting with dogs or blasting game birds for fun and sport, which he still supports… Colin Grimley, High Edge Mews, Belper. (letter)

Western Daily Press 27.6.06 HOW 'STRICT' ARE ANIMAL LAWS? - Having just read "Grotesque Porton Down experiments" (Western Daily Press, June 19), I note the last comment from the MoD, insisting that Britain has the strictest laws in the world on animal experiments…. One can presume that the 100,000 animals subjected to research since 2000 at the Porton Down military research centre are within Britain's strict laws, and that these laws allowing pigs, mice and monkeys to be used to experiment on how to stop bleeding, exposed to toxic chemicals and biological agents, subjected to burns, nerve gases and the E.coli virus, are the same strict laws that apply to animals used in medical research…. Janet Hall Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 27.6.06 Experiments are cruel and pointless - At a time when animal experiments are being hotly debated, a new report funded by the NHS provides damning evidence that animal experiments aren't just cruel, they don't appear to work…. The report (see link on www.animalaid.org.uk) shows that animal researchers don't talk to hospital doctors about their work; that clinical trials with human patients get under way even before the animal research is completed; that drugs that fail in animals are used in humans anyway; and that a drug that increased overall mortality in animals was, nonetheless, used in people…. Andre Menache MRCVS, Scientific Consultant to Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1AW (letter)

Western Mail 27.6.06 Cruelty to whales - A return to the hunting of whales is in my opinion totally unacceptable. I write as a veterinary surgeon with over 40 years experience in general practice. Apart from arguments from conservation and other standpoints I consider the prime reason for opposing it is its very cruelty…. Martin Strong, Wernolaum, Penrherber, Newcastle, Emlyn (letter)

NATUREWATCH PROTEST AGAINST BODY SHOP
Argus 27.6.06 Animal rights' campaigners protest outside Body Shop - Animal rights protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside the headquarters of cosmetics giant The Body Shop yesterday. About 50 members of campaign group Naturewatch travelled from across Sussex to wave banners and signs outside the company's building on the A259 at Littlehampton… (story in archive)
BBC News Online 26.6.06 Body Shop row over animal testing - Campaigners opposed to the use of ingredients tested on animals are to stage a protest outside the West Sussex headquarters of The Body Shop. French cosmetics giant, L'Oreal, bought the Littlehampton-based business for £625m earlier this year. Animal welfare group Naturewatch said it would continue to stage protests until L'Oreal phased out the use of such ingredients…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 26.6.06 Body Shop in animal test row - ANIMAL testing protesters were today to campaign outside a branch of the Body Shop. Cosmetics giant L'Oreal recently bought the firm for £625 million… (story)

26.6.06

Dundee Courier 26.6.06 One less to deal with - In his letter (June 20) Patrick Newman attempts to put a soft filter on the practice of removing part of a puppy’s tail…The two common reasons for for tail-shortening are: a) the involvement of dogs in so-called field sports wherein they retrieve the bodies of creatures their masters have shot, and b) the competition-driven dog show scenario… Of course these owners will uphold this practice. Fortunately the rest of us don’t need a partisan explanation to help us decide the rights and wrongs in the treatment of animals…. K. Hackman. John Street, Arbroath. (letter)
Dundee Courier 20.6.06 Ask any dog owner - I don’t know how much Kathy Hackman (June 17) knows about dogs in general, or tail docking in particular, but from the tone of her letter, not very much! Tail docking is carried out during the first 48 hours of a pup’s life. It is still at a semi-embryonic stage, with the nervous system not fully developed… Patrick Newman. Rose Cottage, Cortachy, Kirriemuir (letter)
Dundee Courier 17.6.06 Pathetic and predictable - How utterly predictable were the letters from those who continue to croak out their justifications for cruelty and killing. (Courier, Letters June 9). The widespread public revulsion at the abuse of animals in 21st century society, eg tail-docking, is a sign that we humans (or, the majority of us), are evolving in our ability to recognise cruelty, and to refrain from harming any creature unless it is absolutely necessary. Absolutely necessary is not the term one would apply to the amputation of a dog’s tail to facilitate retrieval of its masters’ kill, when the killing is rarely for any other reason than ‘sport’.,,, The kind of world they are trying, white-knuckled, to cling to has had its day, thank God…. Kathy Hackman. John Street, Arbroath. (letter)
Dundee Courier 9.6.06 A minor procedure - Jim Crumley’s personal view (Courier, June 6) rotates around the recent animal welfare debate in the Scottish Parliament, particularly the issues surrounding the tail-docking of working dogs…. Without grouse management, and gamekeepers, there will be no heather moorland…. What we, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Scottish Countryside Alliance and others like the SGA were trying to do was to ensure MSPs recognised tail-docking was a minor procedure that would protect working dogs for life…. (Dr) Colin B. Shedden Director, BASC Scotland. Trochry, Dunkeld. (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 26.6.06 Fox fence will help birds thrive - STAFF at a nature reserve are looking forward to hearing the flap of tiny wings . One of the Titchfield Haven's most sensitive areas for ground-nesting birds has had a mile of fox-proof fencing installed around it in order to protect eggs and young birds from predators. The Fareham nature reserve was able to pay for the fence thanks to a £3,930 grant from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs. In the past foxes have severely limited the rearing of young wildfowl and wading birds…. (story)

Daily Record 26.6.06 YOURVIEW - ANIMAL OUTRAGE - WHAT is happening to this world, does the human race want the planet to themselves? People are killing off whales, seals, foxes and squirrels etc. And we have now letters from our housing association, warning us not to feed the birds…. Clare Fullerton, by email (letter)

South Wales Echo 26.6.06 Science or sushi, whale-hunters? - THE most magnificent creature to populate planet earth for many millennia is the whale. But the Japanese are already hunting 1,000 minke whales a year under the guise of scientific research…. Bill Julian, Trenchard Drive, Llanishen, Cardiff (letter)

Reading Express 26.6.06 Cruelty of duck farms - WE have become aware of the shameful conditions on duck farms supplying major supermarkets, Animal group VIVA has filmed ducks crammed into dirty, stinking sheds in their thousands… Lilian Darnbrough, Blandford Close, Slough (letter)

25.6.06

Sunday Times 25.6.06 Betting the farm on a change of outlook - The farmer who has attempted to spread the joy of rural life among fellow blacks has not found it easy, says Roland White - The Belvoir hunt were dashing across the Leicestershire countryside one morning when they ran into a group of protesters, who were astonished to discover that one of the faces peering down from beneath a riding hat was black…“Two hundred years ago these people would have been hunting your ancestors,” the protester countered bitterly. “Oh, 200 years ago my ancestors would probably have eaten you,” retorted the rider before trotting off on his horse. The hunter was Derek Laud, who is now best known as a former contestant on Big Brother but who has also served as the first black master of the New Forest hounds… a Devon farmer last year launched the Black Farmer Rural Scholarship. Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, 47, was born in Jamaica and came to Britain as a child…(story)

Sunday Times 25.6.06 Atticus - ROLAND WHITE - Lammy to the slaughter as minister attones for rural slur - Culture minister David Lammy will be enjoying plenty of fine country fare next month: namely, several large slices of humble pie. Lammy is off on a tour of the countryside to atone for an ill-advised speech at the Labour conference last year in which he referred to rural folk as “inbred”…. they did not escape the attention of the Countryside Alliance. After an angry exchange of letters, Lammy has apologised “unreservedly”… (story)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 25.6.06 Nirah – you have your say have heard today of the dispute between the Nirah team and local residents and am very saddened to think that we might miss out on a first class conservation centre…. Matt Arnold High Street, Eaton Bray
On behalf of BedfordBID, which represents over 800 businesses in Bedford town centre, I am writing to express our support for the Nirah project in Bedfordshire…. Mo Aswat Executive Director BedfordBID
… I sincerely hope common sense will win the day and Nirah will be able to continue with its plans to built the project in Bedford…. Alberto Thomas Cowper Road, Bedford
… What on earth do our elected representatives and the executives in Cauldwell Street think they are doing with our money? I`m not going into a full list of the money they have wasted, we all know of their track record so far but Nirah has been let down by them…. Ray Hostler, King Edward Road, Bedford
What is the council playing at letting Nirah slip away? The prospect of such an interesting national project being built here would raise the profile of the county… Julia Knox Chandos Road, Ampthill
Re: Nirah, it is clear from the company’s recent public consultation meetings that the Nirah project has changed from a specialist scientific research centre into a water theme park. As such the county council legally cannot subsidise this leisure venture or lend money to it as if it were the unique scientific venture that Nirah used to be…. Judith Cunningham Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor Wootton ward
I am the Green Party candidate referred to in Ray Hostler’s pro-Nirah letter in the edition of June 11 and I would like to point out that I actually received 4.59 per cent of the vote, not 0.5 per cent as claimed by Mr Hostler. On the subject of Nirah I believe many people who are currently in favour of this project take this view because they are being misled by Nirah over the real aims of the project…. The Nirah project is about keeping animals in captivity primarily for public entertainment, with the added horror of animal research taking place behind the scenes…. Justina Mclennan Goldington Road, Bedford
… May i therefore suggest they reconsider their decision to support Nirah, a project which will thrive and bring rewarding results not only for stewartby,but for tourists visiting the centre…. Jane Lockley Stewartby (letters)

24.6.06

Bath Chronicle 24.6.06 WRITE TO BLAIR AND PROTEST ABOUT RETURN TO WHALING - As the annual general meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in St Kitts has just finished, readers may be concerned to learn that Liberal Democrat analysis of new figures show that almost 10,000 whales were killed for 'scientific purposes' in the past 20 years… The current threat to progress against this barbaric practice highlights the need for radical reform of the anti-democratic whaling commission. CLLR SHAUN MCGALL Lib Dem, Oldfield, Second Avenue, Oldfield Park, Bath (letter)

23.6.06

Worcester Evening News 23.6.06 It's a stupid law - Sorry, Michael Foster, Labour MP, but I agree with chairman Jean Dowty that the hunting law is a stupid law and a waste of public money. GEORGE COWLEY, Worcester (letter in archive)

Waterford News & Star 23.6.06 It’s contrary to human dignity - Minister of State, Sean Power, TD, recently declared in the Dáil that, as an altar boy, he learned a great deal about greyhound racing from a priest who brought him to races and “even to the odd coursing meeting”. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has been calling on the Catholic Church over the years to ensure that all their priests adhere to paragraphs 2416 and 2418 of the Catechism which states that “animals are God’s creatures…thus men owe them kindness”… The vast majority of Mr Power’s constituents, and indeed the vast majority of the Irish electorate, are opposed to live hare coursing, as independent polls have revealed since the mid-seventies…. From: Aideen Yourell, Spokesperson, Irish Council Against Blood Sports (story)

Hertfordshire Mercury 23.6.06 Pupils 'murder fears' during animal rights protest - A man was arrested during an animal rights protest which frightened pupils at a Ware primary school. A group of around 25 protesters were camped outside drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) premises in Park Road last Friday, supervised by at least 12 police officers. Pupils at St Catherine's C of E Primary School were playing outside during their lunch break at the time. One 10-year-old told the Mercury: "There were little children from Years 1, 2 and 3 that were crying their hearts out…. Donal O'Driscoll, 32, from Oxford, is due to appear at Hertford Magistrates' Court today (Friday, 23 June) charged with a public order offence. (story)

Irish Examiner 23.6.06 Extremists on both sides of the vivisection debate - BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair has accused those opposed to animal testing as ‘extremists’ — but it is just as extreme to support all animal testing as it is to oppose it entirely…. I believe that, given the facts, the majority of people would find much of the animal testing ethically unacceptable… Michael Job, Rossnagreana, Glengarriff, Co Cork (letter)

LONDON SHEEP DRIVE
Cumberland News 23.6.06 Day the streets of London were paved – with Cumbrian sheep By Rachel Norris - A FLOCK of Herdwick sheep has been turning some heads on the unfamiliar streets of London. The 30 Cumbrian ewes became the first flock to be ‘driven to market’ in the capital for more than 100 years…. The procession attracted a small group of animal rights protesters… (story)
Northern Echo 20.6.06 Protestors fail to spoil charity drive by butchers - A RETIRED butcher ran the gauntlet of animal rights activists as he exercised an ancient right to drive a flock of sheep across a London bridge. Bryan Cockburn, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, was one of 17 members of the Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB), all Freemen of the City of London, who took part in the charity fundraising event at the start of an architecture week…. But the event was marred by about 30 protesters who hurled abuse at the drovers and tried to block their progress… Mr Cockburn said: "They caused quite a commotion, but we eventually made it to St Paul's… (story)
Northern Echo 19.6.06 Farmer runs gauntlet - A RETIRED butcher ran the gauntlet of animal rights activists as he exercised an ancient right to drive a flock of sheep across a London bridge. Bryan Cockburn, from Bedale, was one of 17 members of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, all Freemen of the City of London, who took part in the charity fundraising event at the start of a special architecture week in the capital… But the start of the event was marred by the presence of about 30 protesters who hurled abuse at the drovers and tried to block their progress. (story)
London SE1 16.6.06 Sheep drive threatened by animal rights activists - Saturday's sheep drive from Southwark to Smithfield to launch the London Architecture Biennale has been threatened with disruption by animal rights activists. Shard of Glass architect Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers will drive sixty of Farmer Sharp's Herdwick sheep from Borough Market to Smithfield via the Millennium Bridge on Saturday morning… However, the Salvation Army has now withdrawn its participation from the event after receiving telephone threats from animal rights activists who described the sheep drive as "the work of the Devil". Biennale director Peter Murray…. described threats to smash the windows of the Salvation Army's headquarters as a "criminal act which ought to be dealt with by the police in the firmest possible way"…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 23.6.06 CIRCUS ADS AND THE GIPSY CURSE - David E Gillman bemoans the fact that circuses face prejudice today (Mailbox, June 15) and claims "that the average bystander still assumes that circuses are owned and run by poorly-educated, rough-and-ready types who have negligible skills to rely on". Is it any wonder that the public believes this when you look at the style of advertising created by these people. Take the recent visit of the Great British Circus to Blaby. They littered the area with posters with the following threat written on them: "Do not remove - sickness and poverty will strike anyone who does not heed this warning"…. John R Baron, Enderby (story)
Leicester Mercury 15.6.06 CIRCUSES FACE PREJUDICE - I read with admiration and total agreement the visionary contribution by Dominic Bardill on the controversial topic of animals in British circuses… Accepting that there is a difference between firmness in training of a nervous or inexperienced animal, and actual cruelty, I cannot emphasise enough the central fact that a captive animal will neither respond to training nor perform its routines in the circus ring unless it is contented in its environment, feels safe and well-nourished, and has a natural interaction with its trainer and keepers alike…. David E Gillman, Leicester (story)
Leicester Mercury 1.6.06 AGAINST NATURE - What a load of rubbish Dom Bardill's comments were on circus animals. The pet dogs of today are nothing like their wild ancestors. Teaching your dog to retrieve a stick has no resemblance to "persuading" a tiger to jump through a hoop… Pat Quigley, Lutterworth. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 1.6.06 CRYING WOLF - I read Dom Bardill's First Person column about circus animals with interest (Mercury, May 23), especially the part where he says "if we got rid of the circus, as we did fox-hunting, then the animals would be put down". Prior to the hunt ban, hunt supporters bombarded us with figures stating that 20,000 hounds and 15,000 horses would have to be put down should the ban become law…. V H Sheppard, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 23.5.06 CIRCUS ANIMALS ARE HAPPY AND LIVE LONGER, TOO - Dom Bardill says Labour's left-wingers are again guilty of banning fun without thought - Sadly and suddenly, society has decided it is cruel to ask Fido to lie down; you are abusive if you keep your rabbit in a hutch and it is shocking to put a goldfish in a tank!... Animal abuse is cruel. But when they are cared for, what is the harm in them performing? It is simply giving them something to do. Alas, there is a problem, because there are people who think they understand animals and they have decided to take it upon themselves to speak for them. The truth is, they know nothing…. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 23.6.06 Leon pedals for bear bid By Kevin Burchall - AN ANIMAL rights campaigner is set to embark on the toughest fundraising challenge of his life in an effort to help the plight of bears in the Far East. Leon Moore, 30, of Marlowe Avenue, Park North, will start a gruelling eight-day cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End on Monday and hopes to raise as much cash as possible for the charity Asia Bears…. (story)
Western Daily Press 13.3.06 LEON GETS ON HIS BIKE FOR MOON BEARS - Nightclub doorman Leon Moore is cycling from John-o'-Groats to Land's End in a bid to raise £6,000 for China's tormented Moon Bears. Mr Moore, 29, of Swindon, is incensed by the treatment of the gentle creatures, which are kept in tiny cages where they are cruelly milked for their bile through holes into their gallbladders… (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 23.6.06 OBE IS 'TRIBUTE TO TEAM'S WORK' - An Animal LOVER best known for rescuing stranded whales and dancing bears has been awarded an OBE. Alan Knight, 54, who lives in Dallington is a staunch vegetarian who gave up running the family optical components company in Hastings five years ago to dedicate his life to improving that of animals. He now heads Uckfield-based International Animal Rescue and chairs British Divers Marine Life Rescue which hit the headlines in January when it organised the mission to try and save a 20 foot whale stuck in the Thames…. (story)

Newark Advertiser 23.6.06 Group calls for circus boycott By CAROLINE BOYD - A circus that features a live bear has gone ahead in Southwell despite objections from an animal rights group. Jolly’s Circus, one of nine in the country that still uses animals in its acts, arrived in the town on Monday. … A national animal rights group, the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, this week called for a boycott of the circus… (story may be in archive)

Bolton Evening News 23.6.06 Dave’s Moon Bear honour - COMEDIAN Dave Spikey is to have a rescued Moon Bear named after him. The comic, who shot to fame in Peter Kay's Channel 4 show Phoenix Nights, has been granted the honour by the Bolton China Bear Rescue Group…. (story)

22.6.06

Horse & Hound 22.6.06 CA on the up as LACS slumps - The Countryside Alliance is enjoying an upsurge in membership, in contrast to the League Against Cruel Sports - Record support for the Countryside Alliance (CA) has resulted in spiralling membership, now totalling 107,438, up 8% on last year. By contrast, the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has had a 29% drop in membership income,… Despite this, the group claims it has just over 20,000 members. But according to its former chief executive Jim Barrington, now heading the pro-hunting Middle Way Group, LACS only ever enjoyed a high of about 18,000 members in the early 1990s…. Likewise, LACS former chief officer Graham Sirl (pictured), who left in 2001, told H&H in an interview in February: "Our membership then was about 8-9,000. I don't know what it is now, but it didn't go up a lot all the time I was there… Based on LACS' own figures, published in AGM papers, he said a calculation of total membership income of £69,047, divided by about £15-£20 per head (LACS charges £20 for standard membership, £10 "unwaged" and youth, £30 family/two adults, and £500 life membership) put membership between 3,452 and 4,603… The CA, meanwhile, at last week's AGM announced it has 95,709 members in England and Wales, 7,076 in Ireland and 4,653 in Scotland…. (story)

Eastern Daily Press 22.6.06 Tradition upheld by annual show - MICHAEL POLLITT, RURAL AFFAIRS EDITOR - Tradition was on show yesterday at the annual puppy show held by the West Norfolk Foxhounds. The new master and huntsman, Charles Carter, welcomed more than 160 visitors to the hunt's kennels at Necton, near Swaffham, for the annual event…. There were just 10 hounds - all from the same litter - in the ring for the two judges, Jonathon Seed, of the Avon Vale, and huntsman Mark Bycroft, of the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent…. (story)

Western Mail 22.6.06 Foxes... they're the farmers' new best friend - FAR from being their arch enemy, foxes benefit farmers by preying on rabbits, a new report has concluded. The bulk of their diet is made up of rabbits which cause more than £100m damage to UK agriculture a year. The report, After The Hunt, was commissioned by anti-hunt campaigners the International Fund for Animal Welfare…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 22.6.06 FREE FOR THE FOX - Unless securely fenced, the 'free range' chickens 'saved from slaughter and up for adoption' (June 19) will escape their 'prison cell' only to become a victim of the fox. This is especially so now there are more foxes than ever due to the hunting ban. DAVID LINDSAY Lincoln (letter)

Western Daily Press 22.6.06 MAN IS A PREDATOR - Foxes are not the top predator in this country. They never have been and they never will be. Up until recently, they had two predators - dogs and man. Now they have just one, and that is man…. Giles Bradshaw Devon (letter)

Western Daily Press 22.6.06 THE OTHER SIDE - I Agree with every word Justin Kerswell wrote (Your Say, June 14). I have always thought how strange the human being behaves toward animals!... As for the poor old fox being chased to exhaustion, then ripped apart by dogs, now we see the other side of the human being. Hunting belongs in the 18th century. We should endeavour to cut out all forms of cruelty. Norah Pound Wroughton Wiltshire (letter)

Scotsman 22.6.06 Threat to golden eagles - The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is appalled at the indiscriminate poisoning of the iconic emblem of Scotland. Golden eagles are no threat to grouse stocks, and, indeed, may be an asset, as they feed on other predators such as foxes. However, we are concerned at the misleading statement from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, designed to panic the public and claim the moral high ground…. Blaming a gamekeeper for this incident is very easy, but it has to be recognised that anyone trying to protect stock or crops could be responsible… BERT BURNETT, Committee member, SGA, Pearsie, Angus (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 22.6.06 Poisoned raptor - I see the custodians of the countryside have managed to slaughter another raptor (the Press and Journal, June 17). Apparently, any bird of prey is fair game nowadays, which is not surprising with the derisory penalties being handed down for these offences…. John Campbell, 5 Blantyre Terrace, Findochty (letter)

Western Daily Press 22.6.06 KILLING SONGBIRDS IS NOT A 'SPORT' - As a member of a wildlife rescue team and a trustee of the same organisation, it never ceases to amaze me how some people accept without question that squirrels, cats and sparrowhawks are responsible for 85 per cent of adult songbird loss… We lose, at the very least, 50 per cent of our migratory song- birds on each migration to and from their wintering grounds…. This mass destruction is supported by the Countryside Alliance, and is even advertised on the web for holidays of bloodsports fanatics to shoot our migrating songbirds… I now ask Tim Bonner, head of media relations, and Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, to stand up publicly and condemn and oppose this ridiculous destruction of our songbirds for sport… M J Haines Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Evening Leader 22.6.06 Isn’t it time that air guns were banned? - I felt sad to read about two cats being shot with an airgun. How could anyone be so cruel to inflict such pain to defenceless animals?... Air guns are not toys and can be fatal should they fall into the wrong hands. They should definitely be banned… Mrs P Lister, Brymbo, Wrexham. (letter may be in archive)

Essex Chronicle 22.6.06 PUSH TO BAN ANIMAL SNARES - A Dunmow woman is campaigning to ban animal snares. Cerys Roberts, 29, of Philpott End, joined the animal welfare group League Against Cruel Sports in April and is leading a nationwide campaign for changes in the law on ensnaring animals. She is bringing her petition to Essex this summer and is also creating a short film to be shown at cinemas and festivals about the dangers of animal snares…. (story)
BBC News Online 22.6.06 Snare Aware By Cerys Roberts - Nothing is more idyllic than the beautiful Essex countryside in summer, but our countryside hides an ugly secret. Snares- thin wire nooses, banned throughout much of Europe, are legal in the UK, and are taking an enormous toll on wildlife and pets. The snares, instruments of mediaeval torture, are set by gamekeepers and landowners to catch, they claim, foxes and rabbits. What they don’t like to admit is that they also trap and maim badgers, otters, cats, dogs and even ponies… (story)

Financial Director 22.6.06 Tories want more protection against animal rights activists - Kevin Reed, Accountancy Age - Plans to protect shareholders from having their information disclosed to protect them from animal rights extremists have been criticised by the Conservatives for not going far enough…. the Tories claimed that Companies House would still enable access to shareholder details, and warned about the cost on smaller companies for blocking potential repeated court orders if activists made numerous requests for information…. (story)

Hull Daily Mail 22.6.06 WHAT IS THE TRUE EXTENT OF ANIMAL TESTS? - Is It April 1 again already, or is the Mail trying to have a laugh at the expense of animals? Aaron Worsley asks Aled Jones to research the topic of animal experimentation, before laughingly trying to convince people that fewer then 4,000 animals are used and the number is falling. The Government has released figures that 2.7 million are used and the number is rising…. Steve Broom, Ings Road Estate, Hull. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 13.6.06 MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITED FROM EXPERIMENTS ON ANIMALS - Regarding Aled Jones' letter about animal testing (Mail, June 10), who claims animal testing is "a horribly violent practice". Mr Jones fails to support his views with any hard evidence. For example, did he know that 46 per cent of all animal testing is carried out in the wild in the form of observing and recording animal behaviour in their natural habitat with no human intervention whatsoever? Hardly a horribly violent practice… Arron Worsley, Main Road, Bilton, Hull. (letter)

Lichfield Mercury 22.6.06 THE REAL ISSUES OF ANIMAL TESTING - I Am writing in response to letters in the Mercury concerning the guinea pig case. Like myself, the large majority of animal rights campaigners found the desecration of Gladys Hammond's grave abhorrent…. We actively support superior human-based medical research. Reliance on animal testing is dangerously misleading…. Diane Smith, Lichfield Animal Aid
REGARDING the coverage of the 'guinea pig' case (Mercury, May 18) and the subsequent response from P J Taylor (June 8) stating that it was a biased waste of space, I would like to remind P J Taylor that we all have a right to read reports in the paper and arrive at our own conclusions… What we do not have the right to do is force our opinions on others by way of blackmail, intimidation and terrorist actions which the 'four finest and best' currently accommodated in HM prisons, pleaded guilty to in a court of law. D Harvey, Bridge Cross Road, Burntwood (letters)
Lichfield Mercury 15.6.06 SUPPORT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTEST IS OUT OF ORDER AND HYPOCRITICAL - I Applaud you in your response to PJ Taylor's complaints (Mercury, June 8) regarding the Mercury's coverage of the desecration of Gladys Hammond's grave… No-one would deny it is a difficult moral question, but the vast majority of us understand that this work must continue. Jo Tanner, Chief Executive, Coalition for Medical Progress, London SE1 8UL.
I FOUND the letter from P J Taylor of Burntwood, published in the June 8 edition of the Mercury, totally abhorrent and objectionable…. K Arrowsmith, Walsall (Details supplied).
Editor's note: No letters have yet been received in support of P J Taylor's comments. (letters)
Lichfield Mercury 8.6.06 GUINEA PIG CASE COVERAGE WAS A BIASED WASTE OF SPACE - The Mercury used to be a fair-minded publication, and readable. The paper has become petty-minded rubbish, only suitable for fire-lighting… However, it sunk lower than anyone would have believed possible on May 18…. I am a retired pharmacist who has seen the treatment of vivisected animals and know the vile cruelty that occurs… Animals have as much right to live their lives out in peace as have humans, and are not on earth for the benefit of humans. Those who torture them and those who breed them to be tortured, merely for their own financial profit, deserve everything the protestors do to them, and more….I believe it is the moral duty of humans to care for animals, wild or tame, in whatever way they can, and those who have sacrificed their freedom for the sake of preventing animal torture are the finest and best, and that those who oppose them will suffer. P J Taylor, Bridge Cross Road, Burntwood
Mercury editor Tim Hewitt replies: "Whilst being 'fair minded' enough to give P J Taylor the space to make his or her point, certain phrases directly referring to the desecration of the grave of Mrs Gladys Hammond were too offensive to publish and have been removed from the above letter. "I stand by the front page comment referred to by P J Taylor, in that there is a debate to be had over the merits of animal testing, but that it must take place in a democratic and peaceful context. Inciteful words and exhortations to violence or intimidation are abhorrent to every right-thinking citizen…. (story)

Oxford Mail 22.6.06 Shabby attitude - The animal lab issue is one that tends towards more heat than light… Gillian Whitty (Oxford Mail, June 16) is right that not enough has been done to explore future replacements for animal experiments, but I agree with Edward Woollard (Oxford Mail, May 27) that until that happens, there is a compelling case for medical research that saves human lives or relieves human suffering… As a longstanding opponent of both fox hunting and cosmetic testing, I can see why some people disagree with my support for the lab. Their right to protest peacefully is sacrosanct, but that protest should never slip over into intimidation and harassment… Richard Huzzey (Councillor), Holywell Ward, Oxford City Council (letter)

DEER RELEASED FROM SANCTUARY
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 22.6.06 Deer ‘set free’ to die By Jill Crooks - The deer escaped from the sanctuary, in Devizes Road, a month ago and at first it was thought to be the work of vandals. But an anonymous message was placed on an animal activist website and Special Branch are now investigating. The ALF message on the Bite Back website says: "During the morning of Thursday May 25, we took out our tools, and began to destroy fencing… Michael Petley, owner of the sanctuary, has condemned the action and highlighted how little research must have been done by those responsible as the sanctuary has been there for eight years…. (story)
Western Daily Press 20.6.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS THUGS WRONG TO FREE DEER - UNDERSTANDABLY, there is plenty of sympathy in this country for animal rights campaigners… But when misguided groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) take action, as they did in Wiltshire last week, they actually undermine their own cause… Until the ALF struck, the 27-strong herd of deer spent their days grazing at their park near Devizes. Now the vast majority of them are scattered across the countryside and will be lucky to survive until the end of the summer…. (story)
Sunday Times 18.6.06 Atticus - ROLAND WHITE - They may be liberated . . . but they’re not very bright - Barely a month after Tony Blair backed the fight against animal rights extremists, here is evidence that they might not be as cunning as we all feared. The Animal Liberation Front has just announced that it has liberated 25 red deer from a farm in Potterne, Wiltshire… Just one problem. Their target has not been a farm for eight years. It’s now a deer sanctuary…. (story)
BBC News Online 16.6.06 Deer herd owner slams ALF tactics - A landowner has said Animal Liberation Front (ALF) activists who let his herd of red deer the wild committed a "gross act of stupidity". When the animals escaped from their Wiltshire home in May, it was thought fence-removing vandals let them out. But now a notice has appeared on an ALF website claiming responsibility. Michael Petley of the Potterne Deer sanctuary said: "What has escaped them is that this is a sanctuary for deer, not a breeding house for meat." … (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 1.6.06 Sanctuary boss slams animal activists - DEER sanctuary owner Michael Petley has condemned vandals who cut his fence and freed his deer. More than 20 red deer escaped from the sanctuary at Sandfield House in Devizes Road, Potterne… He said: "What has possibly escaped the perpetrator's attention is that this is a sanctuary for deer. It's not a breeding house for meat in the traditional sense of farming or animal testing. "If it was done with the mistaken intent of liberating these animals the reality is they have done anything but. This was a herd that was living happily and securely. They were watered and fed and now they are in unknown territory in which they are not suited or used to…." (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 22.6.06 BIRD AGONY IGNORED: In the heat of the day, I found myself stuck in a long queque of traffic near Asda's store. The cars were nose-to-tail in a stop-start situation. Ahead of me in front of at least four stationary cars, lying in the road on the white line, was a struggling greenfinch that had obviously been struck by a car. What horrified, angered and depressed me was the sheer callous disregard for the poor struggling injured bird… MS JACKIE BURLISON Lincoln (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 22.6.06 STREET COLLECTION BOOST FOR CHARITY - A street collection organised by Derbyshire Animal Welfare Network in Derby earlier this month raised £239 for an animal sanctuary. The money has been donated to the Hillside Sanctuary… For further information on DAWN, contact Sandra Barker… (story)

Daily Record 22.6.06 BAN ON WHALING MUST BE PRIORITY - IFIND the news that Japan is about to resume whale hunting abhorrent…. Stephen Balfour, via email (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 22.6.06 Boycott whaling countries - I HAVE had it with the countries that support whaling…. Angie Wareing, Lanercost (letter)

Llanelli Star 22.6.06 CIRCUS SPARKS CONCERN - The circus is in town - and has brought controversy with it. Within hours of the Bobby Roberts Circus pitching up at Stradey Park, animal protection campaigners called on Llanelli townsfolk to boycott the show. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) is opposed to circuses using animal performers… (story)

Essex Chronicle 22.6.06 RESIDENTS URGED TO BOYCOTT CIRCUS - NEIL KING - An animal rights group has called for the public and landowners to boycott a circus performing in Burnham-on-Crouch. Circus Mondoa opened its gates yesterday, Wednesday, and will be performing at Mangapps Railway Museum, on Southminster Road, until Sunday, but national group the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) has asked people to stay away in protest of its use of animal… (story)

Denbighshire Free Press (22.6.06) Why keeping cattle has led to starvation - THE Highland cow that escaped from St Asaph market and was shot on Thursday at least escaped the sordid abattoir death meted out (excuse the pun) to the other poor creatures. The main tragedy is that there is no need for these animals to be slaughtered and an even bigger tragedy is that their deaths cause millions of people to starve in the world…. Jean Bennington, Knowles Avenue, Prestatyn (letter may be in archive)

Bolton Evening News 22.6.06 Stop the slaughter - As a show of British military finery, the Trooping of the Colour has had no equal for 258 years…. But as the Queen took the salute to mark her 80th birthday celebrations, some 4,000 miles away a group of hunters were preparing to go into the dense woodlands of Canada and kill a Canadian black bear… A Cartmell, Bolton Green Party (letter)

21.6.06

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 21.6.06 MP: FARMING ISN'T A 'HAS BEEN' INDUSTRY BUT IT NEEDS HELP - Mid-worcestershire Mp Peter Luff says farming is not a "has been" industry. The president of the Three Counties Agricultural Society spoke out at the Three Counties Show… (story)
Birmingham Post 20.6.06 Farming 'still has bright future' By Jonathan Walker, Political Editor - Farming still has a bright future despite the "constant attacks" of politicians, super-markets and anti-fox hunting activists, an MP has claimed. Peter Luff (Con Mid Worcestershire), Chairman of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, said British farmers would remain at the heart of the nation's food industry despite the threats they faced… "The hunting ban may not have been the most important issue for the business of farming, but it symbolised what many in the countryside saw as a complete lack of understanding of the rhythms and customs of rural England and Wales."… (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 21.6.06 PESTS ARE FAIR GAME FOR PAUL - Contrary to popular belief, a deep-rooted antipathy towards nature and animals is not what makes a good pest control technician. "A pest is just an animal in the wrong place at the wrong time. A squirrel on a post at the bottom of the garden is a lovely sight, but if you've got one in your roof eating your insulation and chewing through wires then it's not nearly as pleasant," explained Paul Dunkley of Charnwood Environmental Services… "I have found that many people working in pest control have a background in countryside management and gamekeeping," said Paul (38), from Shelton Lock, who worked on the Grace Dieu estate in Leicestershire and trained as a gamekeeper as a teenager…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 21.6.06 DOG RACE GROUP STAGES PROTEST - Members of a South Devon Greyhound Action Group staged a noisy protest outside a William Hill betting chain outlet in Torquay. They were demonstrating against the UK's biggest bookmaker's involvement in the greyhound dog racing industry… Action Group spokeswoman, Helen Stevens said they wanted to end William Hill's association with the industry…. More than 20 members of the South Devon Greyhound Action Group waved banners and placards outside William Hill's betting shop at the bottom of Union Street… (story)

Hull Daily Mail 21.6.06 BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS? - I Have no connection to people protesting over animal experiments in your balanced story (Mail, May 29). However, although not agreeing with comments about benefits from these awful experiments, I was pleasantly surprised you mentioned alleged breaches of human rights. Many have been jailed for sending polite e-mails and letters…. S Broom, Apollo Walk, Ings Road Estate (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 21.6.06 PROTESTS AS CIRCUS ROLLS IN... MARCUS BOOCOCK - An animal rights group is urging people to boycott a circus opening in Southwell today because of its use of animals. The Captive Animals Protection Society claims Peter Jolly's Circus is being cruel to animals by making them perform…. Paul Thomas, from the Captive Animals Protection Society, said the bear suffers because it has been taken out of its natural habitat…. (story)

Aberdeen Evening Express 21.6.06 DISBELIEF AT BID TO START WHALING - It is beyond belief that the International Whaling Commission has voted to end the 20 year ban on hunting… S Hadden Banchory (letter)

INDEPENDENT BEARSKIN CORRESPONDENCE
Independent 21.6.06 Green bearskins - It is suggested (letter, 19 June) that the Conservative Party is not environmentally friendly when it supports the idea that military bearskins should be real rather than made of "more modern materials". Such materials are likely to be made from oil-based chemicals, which are not renewable… ALEX SWANSON, FURZTON, MILTON KEYNES (story)
Independent 20.6.06 Bears will still have to be shot, whatever hats the Guards wear - Your article on the slaughter of bears for Guards' headgear (17 June) omits to mention that hundreds of black bears - far more than are needed by the MoD - are shot each year in Canada not for sport but as menaces to public safety… bears that continually haunt residential areas after attempts have been made to dissuade them or to return them to the wild will continue to be shot because the life of a child will always trump that of a bear. This will happen regardless of whether or not their pelts end up on the heads of those guarding Buck House…. ROGER COLLINS, KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
A desire to define "Britishness" has cropped up frequently of late, and at last we have the definitive definition, courtesy of the MoD. It is Grenadier Guardsmen wearing slaughtered bears on their heads as they perform a meaningless ritual for the benefit of tourist photographs. EILEEN NOAKES, TOTNES, DEVON
So the MoD can find no suitable alternative to real bear skin? So scrap the silly ceremonial-only headgear altogether and get something more suited to 2006… D BIRKBY, ALTON, HAMPSHIRE (letters)
Independent 19.6.06 End the import of black bear fur - I take issue with the Ministry of Defence's viewpoint that the method of killing of Canadian bears to make bearskin hats is purely a matter for the Canadian government ("A bear necessity?", 17 June). I am a qualified scientist who has visited Canada several times in the past few years to observe and photograph wildlife. I know the frustration and anger felt by many Canadians who see their government adhere to the demands of the hunting minority and trample on the opinions of everyone else… ADELE BRAND, CATERHAM, SURREY
Thank you for informing your readers about the fact that after two decades of the MoD "searching" for an alternative, black bears in Canada are still being slaughtered to make the ornamental caps worn by the Queens guards… ANITA SINGH, CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR PETA EUROPE LTD LONDON, SE1 1
… Tory MPs have tabled an amendment supporting the use of the skins of dead bears as a "glorious military tradition". So much for the green credentials of the new cuddly Tory party. CHRISTOPHER CLAYTON, WAVERTON, CHESHIRE (letters)

Western Daily Press 21.6.06 THE CRUELTY OF MODERN FARMING - The farmers in the "linking environment and farming" venture (Western Daily Press, June 10), must be hoping that the public will be conned into accepting a heavily censored and partial view of what constitutes modern farming practice. I don't suppose the public will be shown around the overcrowded and airless battery chicken units. They won't be present when farmers murder the surplus-to-requirements newly born male calves… Roy Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Louth Leader 21.6.06 ‘Thuggery and stupidity’ of animal activists - Re Bumble the owl. It is such a shame these extremists have to interfere (on this occassion obviously a situation they knew nothing about). I am a huge animal lover (vegetarian, won’t use leather, animal tested products etc) and I help with animal rights campaigns whenever I can, but these animal activists and terrorists give the genuine animal campaigners and animal lovers a bad name… Mrs Fiona Marin, Sent by email (story)

Sunderland Echo 21.6.06 Fish not health food - THE Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation (VVF), are extremely concerned on hearing the Government's plans to provide schoolchildren with fish oil supplements. The VVF has been warning people for years that most fish and fish oil supplements are contaminated with toxic poisons such as mercury and dioxins…. Dr Justine Butler, Health Campaigner, Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation, 8 York Court Wilder Street Bristol BS2 8QH (story)

20.6.06

Western Morning News 20.6.06 LOVING ANIMALS ECLIPSES SHOPPING AS A PASTIME - After reading W T Sweet's recent letter, I am writing to say that I am fed up with certain individuals making it a crime to love and care for animals. I will wholly admit to having a deep loathing for anyone privileged, especially, as Theo Hopkins puts it, the "Hooray Henrys". My opinion of them aside, however, why do these people insist on dressing up in silly clothes and riding roughshod over everyone's property and insist it is in the name of conservation?... Name and address supplied (story)
Western Morning News 7.6.06 THEO Hopkins promotes hunt saboteurs as English icons (WMViews May 24), but why stop there? If he's reduced to trawling the depths of the infamous for candidates, why not include football hooligans and animal rights extremists?... W T Sweet, Helston (letter)
Western Morning News 1.6.06 DON'T DIGNIFY HUNT 'SABS' - Unlike Theo Hopkins, I see no evidence of hunt saboteurs qualifying for "icon" status because their part in the history of the countryside goes back several hundred years. Perhaps that is why there are no 250-year-old engravings of them on the walls of ancient inns. "Sab" is too cosy a term for the terrorists who have sought to interfere with rural life by illegal behaviour, justifying their often crass behaviour by claiming a moral high ground which is at least questionable in the light of some of their excessive actions…. Richard GilesLympstone (letter)

Aberdeen Evening Express 20.6.06 DISGRACE OF POISONED EAGLE - I Hope that the sick person who poisoned a male Golden Eagle on Deeside can live with himself… Shame on those of you who carry out this disgusting practice. You are a disgrace. Irene Bryce Ferryhill Aberdeen (story)

Scotsman 20.6.06 Wildlife in danger - With regard to the poisoned golden eagle discovered on a grouse moor on Royal Deeside, (your report, 17 June), sadly, such incidents are on the increase… The existing legislation is failing Scotland's wildlife, and until we see some eye-watering fines and imprisonments, this vile and selfish practice will continue…. LOGAN D STEELE, Bridgewater Avenue, Auchterarder, Perthshire
There will surely be more than a few sad tears over the poisoning of a golden eagle for which the culprit must be brought to book… WILLIAM SPEIRS, Buccleuch Street, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire. (letters)

News Shopper 20.6.06 Is Blair aware of vivisection facts? - Tony Blair has foolishly reiterated his support for vivisection. I wonder if he cares about the following: 1. The British Medical Journal says five per cent of all hospital admissions are due to adverse drug reactions, killing 10,000 a year…. The Government has admitted it has not commissioned or evaluated any formal research on the efficacy of animal experiments and broke its own promise for a Royal Commission investigation into vivisection. Robert Roach, Address supplied (letter)

Western Daily Press 20.6.06 GILL PURSER, AN APOLOGY - Our "Your Call" column on Saturday, June 17, wrongly attributed comments about animal research to reader Gill Purser, of Cheltenham. We accept that these are not her views and we apologise for the error. (letter)

PETA BEARSKIN CAMPAIGN
Telegraph 20.6.06 Spy By Jonathan Isaby - Unbearable - Ann Widdecombe is already known as one of those rare political beasts: a Conservative who supported the ban on foxhunting. But now I learn that the Maidstone MP has waded into the ongoing row over the use of bearskins by the five regiments of foot Guards. She has joined the campaign being waged by the animal rights group Peta, and has just written to all Conservative MPs asking them to support a parliamentary motion demanding that the MoD outlaw the practice…. (story)
Independent 17.6.06 Hundreds of black bears face slaughter after Army abandons trial of synthetic fur for Guards' ceremonial headgear By Cahal Milmo - As a show of British military finery, the Trooping of the Colour has had no equal for 258 years. Today, the Guards regiments will parade for the monarch and tourists in their spotless regalia, topped with their lustrous bearskins. But as the Queen takes the salute to mark her 80th birthday celebrations this morning, some 4,000 miles away a group of hunters will be preparing to go into the dense woodlands of Canada and kill an Ursus americanus or Canadian black bear…. The Army confirmed yesterday it would continue to buy between 50 and 100 bearskins a year after it declared a trial to replace the distinctive headwear with hats fashioned from synthetic fur had failed because they got " waterlogged" on rainy days…. (story)
The Sentinel 10.6.06 MP WON'T JUST GRIN AND BEAR MILITARY TRADITIONS - Thank goodness our politicians have their finger on the pulse when it comes to current affairs. With the death toll close to 120 British troops in Iraq, the Staffordshire Regiment set to return there in October, the upset among the close-knit communities in Middleport about the demolition of their homes, and the financial crisis and subsequent job losses facing the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, it might come as some surprise that Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Mark Fisher is backing bears. While you won't see many of those at Bathpool Park, Mr Fisher has signed an Early Day Motion calling for Parliament to recognise that bearskin hats should not be worn by military guards… (story)
The Sentinel 7.6.06 MP CALLS FOR BEARSKIN BAN - Mark Fisher, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, has backed a call for Parliament to recognise that bearskin hats should not be worn by military guards. Mr Fisher has signed an Early Day Motion (EDM), tabled by Labour MP Chris Mullin and supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which calls for the House of Commons to recognise that bearskin hats worn by the five Guards regiments have no military significance and involve needless cruelty…. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 20.4.06 MP Eric backs calls to save bears’ skins By Julian Whittle Political editor - CARLISLE MP Eric Martlew is backing a campaign to stop bear skins from being used to make the hats worn by the five Guards regiments. The Labour MP, who has a track record of fighting on animal welfare issues, has signed a Parliamentary Early Day Motion calling for fake fur to be used instead. The campaign is led by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 13.4.06 BEARSKIN CALL BY SIMPSON - Nottingham South MP Alan Simpson is backing a campaign to stop military guards from wearing hats made from bearskins. Mr Simpson signed an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP Chris Mullin and supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)…. (story)
Guardian 20.3.06 Who cares about bears? - Tania Branigan - Consensus has broken out all over Westminster under David Cameron's reign as Tory leader…. Fortunately for politicos still spoiling for a fight, there is at least one good row brewing. The unlikely subject of the bearskin hats worn by Britain's five Guards regiments has divided Labour and the Tory backbenchers as effectively as the fate of single mums or state industries once did…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 17.3.06 MP Janet bears a grudge - A PRO-ANIMAL rights MP has set up a "grisly" encounter after calling for an end to the army tradition of wearing bearskin hats. Rossendale and Darwen's Janet Anderson is one of more than 45 Labour MPs to sign a Commons motion saying animals are suffering unnecessary cruelty for no military purpose…. (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 17.3.06 Fur flies over bearskin hats - John Hipwood - The fur is flying at Westminster over a proposal by a group of MPs to substitute the trademark guards regiment headgear - the bearskin - with a fake fur. MPs, including Wolverhampton North East's Ken Purchase, argued in a Commons motion the bearskin "has no military significance and involves unnecessary cruelty"…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 8.3.06 Call for busby bearskin ban - ANIMAL rights activists have urged MPs to back a ban on using bearskin for the famous busby hats worn by some British soldiers. Former Labour minister Chris Mullin called on the MoD to introduce fake fur. (story)

Scotsman 20.6.06 No desire to help RSPB - I was surprised to receive an unsolicited communication recently from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds inviting me to join the organisation… We buy our birdseed for under £5 for 10 kilos, and would rather spend the money on seed than support a multi-million-pound organisation that favours some birds and discriminates against others…. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, nr Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

19.6.06

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 19.6.06 EAST OF ENGLAND COUNTRY SHOW: 120,000 join in the celebration of country life and activities… Farriers were demonstrating how to shoe horses, hunting hounds were paraded and there was also a popular birds of prey display…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 19.6.06 Poisoning of an eagle - I was horrified to read (the Press and Journal, June 17) of the latest reported incident of wildlife poisoning in Scotland - a golden eagle, surely Scotland's national bird…. I would suggest that the Scottish Parliament introduce legislation to ban all shooting for a period of at least five years on an estate where carcases are found and on all adjoining estates… Stephen M.L. Young, La Touveilhe, 34390 Olargues, France. (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 19.6.06 Angling for all pockets - I was pleased to see (the Press and Journal, March 9) that Maureen MacMillan and fellow-MSPs were showing interest in the worth of sporting salmon fishing to the Scottish rural economy. There was, however, a suggestion in the story that some MSPs perceive such sport to be the exclusive preserve of elitist "toffs" and available only to the wealthy few. This is simply not the case… The Buccleuch Esk and Liddle Fishery offers autumn peak-season salmon fishing from as little as ??9 for a day ticket on its permit beats. Even a "top whack" reserved beat, where you essentially pay to secure a little more solitude and water to yourself, works out at ??79 a rod for the day…. Glenesk, Riverside Park, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.6.06 CAMPAIGNERS ANGER OVER 'GROTESQUE EXPERIMENTS' - Angry campaigners are claiming 'grotesque' tests are being carried out on animals at a top secret Army base in return for foreign cash…. (story)
Scotsman 10.6.06 Foreign cash used to fund UK military animal tests - JAMES KIRKUP POLITICAL EDITOR - FOREIGN governments and defence companies are paying for British military scientists to conduct experiments on animals, the Ministry of Defence has admitted… Facing questions in parliament about the animal tests, Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister, confirmed that foreign governments and companies were helping to fund work at Porton Down…. Mike Hancock, the Liberal Democrat MP whose questions unearthed the increase in testing, said the latest revelations about foreign involvement were "appalling"…. (story)

Independent 19.6.06 Saving the whale - think that those of us who see the hunting and killing of the humpback whales by Japan as a great evil should refuse to buy products from Japan or products made by companies owned by Japan… PAUL BRAZIER, WOTTON UNDER EDGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (letter)

18.6.06

Sunday Times 18.6.06 Animal rights militants are paid legal aid - GARETH WALSH - ANIMAL rights militants, including one convicted for a bombing conspiracy, are receiving tens of thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money to fight plans by Oxford University to set up an animal research laboratory. They have been awarded legal aid to challenge an injunction taken out by the university that bars them from harassing its staff, students and contractors at work or protesting at their homes. It also limits the size and duration of demonstrations…. Among the animal rights activists receiving the aid are: Mel Broughton, a leader of the activists’ campaign…. Robin Webb, official spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front… Amanda King, who was among campaigners referred to by a High Court judge in a separate civil case as carrying out “a form of terrorism” in a campaign to close a guinea pig farm…. (story)

The Sentinel 18.6.06 HIGH COURT STOPS MARKETS SELLING BIRDS - The sale of birds as pets at a Parrot Society show has been ruled unlawful in a High Court test case. The decision, which has implications for similar shows up and down the country, was a victory for animal welfare worker Malcolm Haynes…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.6.06 Parrot show sales ruled unlawful - The High Court has ruled the sale of birds as pets at the Parrot Society show in Stafford is unlawful. Animal welfare worker Malcolm Haynes, from Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, had opposed the borough council's decision to allow sales at last October's show…. Lawyers for Malcolm Haynes, who runs an animal rescue and re-homing charity, said: "The implication of this is that all future pet fairs would be subject to criminal sanctions under the 1951 (Pet Animals) Act."… (story)

17.6.06

Scotsman 17.6.06 Outrage as golden eagle is found poisoned on Deeside grouse moor - LAURA ROBERTS - A RARE golden eagle was deliberately poisoned in an attempt to protect grouse, it emerged yesterday….Tests have confirmed that the carcase contained traces of carbofuran, a pesticide that is banned in the UK. Police and officials with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) believe that the was targeted by a gamekeeper to stop it killing grouse…. (story)

Irish Independent 17.6.06 The cruelty of coursing - I fully agree with John Fitzgerald when he states that hare coursing is cruel and should be outlawed, and so do 80 per cent of the population, according to the last independent poll taken on the issue… AIDEEN YOURELL, I.A.B.S., MULLINGAR, CO WESTMEATH (letter)
Irish Independent 10.6.06 The cruelty of coursing - I can asure Ms Carr-Farrelly (Letters, June 7) that my facts in relation to hare coursing were perfectly in order and indeed unassailable… JOHN FITZGERALD, LOWER COYNE STREET, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)
Irish Independent 7.6.06 Coursing not a cruel sport - I am reponding to John Fitzgerald regarding Irish Coursing (Letters, June 3). I think Mr Fitzgerald has being given misguided information about the welfare of hares when being caught for a coursing meeting. Hares are not mauled at coursing meetings and all greyhounds are muzzled. If an unfortunate hare does get caught by a dog it is taken straight from the greyhound by stewards and is treated by the vet on duty at the meeting… I agree that the coursing club in Co Offaly should lose its licence if they are obstructing the functions of the wildlife ranger… MARY TERESA CARR-FARRELLY, CASTLEBORO, CLONROCHE, ENNISCOTHY, CO WEXFORD (letter)
Irish Independent 3.6.06 Disgrace of hare coursing - As a campaigner against blood sports, I am delighted with the news that a coursing club has lost its licence. It means that hares in that region will this year be spared the horror and trauma of being snatched from their natural habitats, confined in unnatural conditions, and subjected to the terror of being forced to run for their lives from hyped-up blood hungry greyhounds… Obstructing a wildlife ranger in the course of his statutory functions might well be a grave offence in the eyes of the law, but is it any worse than what has been happening at other coursing venues over the decades? I refer to the savaging to death or mauling of countless hares at coursing events nationwide… JOHN FITZGERALD, LOWER COYNE STREET, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

Irish Independent 17.6.06 Chickens rearing 'miserably intensive' - Aideen Sheehan - MOST of the 67m chickens raised in Ireland each year are kept in miserably intensive conditions leaving them prone to serious health problems, it was claimed yesterday… , Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) Ireland said yesterday, calling for urgent new measures to protect them. The birds are bred to reach their slaughter weight in just six to seven weeks which leaves them prone to leg and heart problems, said CIWF Director Mary Anne Bartlett…. (story)

16.6.06

Malvern Gazette 16.6.06 100,000 head to show as the sun shines - NEARLY 100,000 people are expected to pour through the gates of the Three Counties Showground this weekend. The main attraction of the three-day Three Counties Show, which starts today (Friday), is the livestock, with Jersey cows returning for the first time since 1979. There will also be displays of country sports and pursuits, including gun-dogs, ferrets and hounds, farriery and blacksmithing…. (story in archive)

Western Daily Press 16.6.06 HUNTING IS NO ENGLISH 'ICON' - Re the Western Daily Press on June 10 and the "icon" as a symbol of Englishness… Hunting wild animals with dogs must end and not be included as an English "icon". Roy Brown Radstock Somerset (letter)

Times 16.6.06 Animal rights? BY SADAKAT KADRI - Until the 17th century, many European countries routinely held animals legally responsible for serious acts of mischief… Such proceedings may have fallen out of fashion, but the legal status of animals remains a matter of lively debate – as shown by a flurry of recent news reports that Spain will shortly be extending legal rights to life, liberty and bodily integrity to chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orang-utans. Reactions have been mixed. Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton whose work with the Great Apes Project inspired the Spanish measure, saw it as the start of a trend…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 16.6.06 LET'S NOT EAT OUR WILDLIFE - In reply to letter about eating rooks (Echo, June 8). For today's meat consumers, there are an ample number of butcher's shops. We should be encouraged to safeguard wildlife, not to eat it. Name and address supplied. (letter)

Hastings Observer 16.6.06 Calf exports - I AM horrified that the trade in calf exports has started again from Dover…. I would ask readers to please write to David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR, and ask him to enforce the law with a complete ban on both the export of calves for veal and the import back into this country of a ‘product’ obtained from suffering and misery that is illegal to produce in this country. ANN BEAL, London Road, St Leonards (letter)

Sutton Coldfield Observer 16.6.06 NURSE AIMS TO RAISE MONEY FOR BEARS - A Sutton veterinary nurse is organising a fundraising event to highlight the plight of endangered Moon Bears. Stephanie Lynch, aged 28, of the Veterinary Clinic on Chester Road, is hoping to raise funds which would be used to rescue the bears, which are often imprisoned in factory bile farms in their native China and Vietnam… (story)

Leicester Mercury 16.6.06 BADGER HONOUR - It's national badger day tomorrow. Lee Marlow goes in search of the much-maligned mammals… There are, officially, 436 badger setts in Leicestershire - and that's just the ones that are recorded. There are probably many, many more, says Pam, secretary of the Leicestershire Badger Group… (story)

15.6.06

Horse & Hound 15.6.06 HUNTS WARNED TO STAY SQUEAKY CLEAN - Michael Clayton - Hunts throughout England and Wales were congratulated on a "great start" since the Hunting Act, but warned practices must stay "squeaky clean", at last week's AGM of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA)… (story)

Western Morning News 15.6.06 SHOW BEST IN THE FAR WEST FOR YEARS - Thousands of visitors, many from North Devon and Torridge, ventured down to Wadebridge in North Cornwall to enjoy the splendours of the Royal Cornwall Show 2006…. in the main ring, was a whole array of entertainment from music from the RAF band, the Tigers parachute display team, the parade of fox hounds with inter-hunt relays… (story)

Western Daily Press 15.6.06 IS THE FIGHT TO OUTLAW FOX-HUNTING REALLY AN ICON OF GREAT BRITAIN? - I was one who nominated hunting as an icon and spoke up for it; in no way did I ever advocate the ban as an icon - indeed, where I live, we never see an anti!... Andy Rural England
…being a foreigner I had never heard of morris dancing until the icons project was launched. Nevertheless, I know of fox-hunting since my early childhood…. Dr C C Willinger Fieberbrunn
Hunting has been around since the late 18th century… Hunt saboteurs are, to the best of my knowledge, a creation of the late 20th century… The suggestion that saboteurs from around the 1960s onwards are equally significant exposes the corruption at the heart of this cynical political manipulation. David Stocker Lancaster
Why am I not surprised by the Culture Department's shabby trick? This awful Government is completely immersed in spin and dishonesty. I voted for fox-hunting because I believe it is a true British icon. I certainly do not wish to be associated with the ban, or the masked thugs who for years tried to disrupt hunting… Peter Hampshire (letters)

Scotsman 15.6.06 Ban on animal mutilation - I note that the Scottish Parliament has just voted the Animal Welfare Bill into law…. Interestingly, the legislation will carry an amendment making it an offence to "take an animal out of Scotland with the intention of having a prohibited procedure carried out elsewhere". I presume this amendment seeks to prevent Scottish breeders from taking their "working" dogs to England to have their tails docked legally under English legislation. This amendment raises a serious legal issue because the Scottish Parliament is seeking to extend its legislative powers to ban activities outside its borders and jurisdiction… JOSEPH HOLMES, Waltham Veterinary Clinic, Grimsby Road, Waltham, Lincolnshire (letter)

Lancashire Evening Post 15.6.06 BE AWARE OF SNARES - Animal rights campaigners will be in Chorley this weekend to highlight the dangers of using snares. The League Against Cruel Sports will have a stall on Market Street in the town on Saturday, showing people how animals are captured in the traps… (story)

Church of England Newspaper 15.6.06 The rights and wrongs of animal experimentation - The debate about animal experiments has been particularly prominent in the media recently and has tended to focus on whether animal experiments are useful. Along with this has gone, very often, an assumption that human beings are more important than animals, so that if we benefit from such experiments then they are justified…. Barry Miles is a semi-retired History teacher and a member of the committee of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals. He is willing to be contacted for further information. (story)

OXFORD INJUNCTION PROTECTING CONTRACTORS
Cotswold Journal 15.6.06 Moreton in Marsh: Animal rights protest limited to one a week - ANIMAL rights protesters are being penned in over their campaign against Oxford University research laboratory building workers being accommodated at Moreton Fire Service College. The University has been granted an extension to its injunction, which already applied in Oxford, to provide legal protection from intimidation, harassment and abuse for Moreton contractors… (story in archive)
Telegraph 13.6.06 Judge bans animal rights protest at builders' digs By Rosie Murray-West - Animal rights activists have been banned from demonstrating in a Cotswold village where construction workers from Oxford University's new research laboratory are being accommodated…. (story)
BBC News Online 10.6.06 Village made no lab protest zone - Oxford University has won a further High Court extension of its injunction against animal rights activists. A judge imposed an exclusion zone around a village where workers involved in the construction of the university's £20m biomedical research lab are based…. (story)

HOME SECRETARY PRAISES DARLEY OAKS POLICE INVESTIGATION
Lichfield Mercury 15.6.06 MINISTER PRAISES GRAVE CASE COPS - The Home Secretary has praised Staffordshire Police for its investigation into the Yoxall grave desecration of 2004, the culmination of a six-year campaign of hate against the Hall family of Darley Oaks Farm… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 10.6.06 REID PRAISES POLICE OVER ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTS INQUIRY – Home Secretary John Reid has commended Staffordshire Police for its investigation into animal rights activists who spent six years terrorising people associated with a guinea-pig farm. John Reid wrote to Chief Constable David Swift, expressing his appreciation over the inquiry into the case that involved petrol bomb attacks, hate mail and weekly protests outside Darley Oaks Farm, in Yoxall. The animal rights fanatics also stole the body of Gladys Hammond, who was the mother-in-law of Chris Hall, the co-owner of the farm where, until January this year, guinea pigs were bred for medical research… (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 8.6.06 Probe over grave theft is praised - The Home Secretary has hailed a police investigation into the desecration of a grandmother's grave near Lichfield as a model for other forces to follow…. Home Secretary John Reid has hailed it as "one of the most robust and determined investigations ever taken by the police service into animal rights extremists". Gladys Hammond's body was stolen from St Peter's Church in Yoxall in October 2004 because of her family links to Darley Oaks farm owners Chris and John Hall, which then bred guinea pigs for research… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 15.6.06 ANIMAL TESTING HAS A VITAL ROLE - I Agree with Chris Dowdeswell (Letters, June 9) that not all animal rights protesters are violent, but that is where our agreement ends. Research using animals is a small but vital part of medical discovery and drug development… JO TANNER, Coalition for Medical Progress (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.6.06 ALL PROTESTERS AREN'T VIOLENT - Who cares whether medical research works? Are animal rights campaigners more of a threat to the general public than disease? That's what we should be afraid of. I hope that one day we will finally get to see a proper public inquiry so that we can all see that animal research is flawed and just because it creates many jobs in the UK doesn't warrant legal torture of millions of creatures… CHRIS DOWDESWELL, via e-mail (letter)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 15.6.06 ACTION DAY HIGHLIGHTS BADGERS' ENEMIES - A national day of action is set to highlight the plight of the badger. National Badger Day is aimed at generating funds for and raising awareness of threats to badgers…. Dave Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust said: "Whenever badgers leave their setts, they face a hostile world… (story)

Torquay Herald Express 15.6.06 MY THANKS FOR SAD, BUT UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE - I would like to publicly thank our relatives and friends who generously donated money to the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) which will go towards helping to free the China moon bears from their cruel confinement in cramped cages, many of which are confined for up to 20 years. More than half of the donations were made after the celebration of life service for my late wife, Marian, and the remainder from far and wide, totalling £450, has been donated to the AAF, Marian's favourite animal charity…. LEN SHORT, St James Road, Torquay (story)

Leigh Journal 15.6.06 Poultry industry to blame for avian flu - I AM contacting you regarding avian flu, which I believe the government has been conned or bullied, or both into shifting the blame for bird flu from where it belongs - with the insensitive poultry industry and on to wild birds…. Alison Yates, address supplied (letter)

Western Gazette 15.6.06 BEAR COUPLE VISITS CHINESE RESCUE CENTRE - A West Coker couple have returned from a trip to China, highlighting a campaign to rescue bears from barbaric living conditions. Jane Riva, who runs the China Bear Rescue South Somerset support group and her husband, Michael, visited Chengdu for three days during a week-long trip to Southern China to attend the Moon Bear Rescue Centre…. (story)

Berwickshire News 15.6.06 Outrage at squirrel bounty hunters - A PROPOSAL to offer bounties for the slaughter of squirrels in areas such as the Scottish Borders has caused widespread outrage…. Animal protection group, Advocates for Animals, claimed Mr Fraser's proposal would lead to "carnage in the countryside". Director Ross Minett, said: "This is an absolutely ridiculous idea and it would lead to carnage in the countryside with every man and his dog out to raise cash from the killing of squirrels…. (story)

14.6.06

Western Daily Press 14.6.06 FOX-HUNTING A BRITISH ICON - Of course, fox-hunting, or for that matter any sort of hunting with hounds, is a national British icon. Think of the number of pub signs that proclaim the sport and the thousands of pieces of crockery adorned by pictures of hunting. But now consider the hunting ban and the anti-hunting brigade; what impression have they made on the art and culture of Britain? Nothing save the odd cartoon in Horse And Hound…. Edward Middlesex (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.6.06 MUZZLES WON'T STOP SUFFERING - In response to C Grimes's suggestion that hunt dogs could be muzzled, this would not stop fox, deer and hare from being hounded to exhaustion… Gill Purser Cheltenham Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 10.6.06 MUZZLE HUNT DOGS - I Write with reference to hunting with dogs. The argument is the use of dogs in the hunt, and that the dogs will tear an animal to pieces when cornered. The simple answer is to muzzle the dogs…. C Grimes Bristol (letter)

Argus 14.6.06 Letter: Morally wrong - Robert Jarrett is pleased the ban on primate experiments is not to be lifted but rightly adds a cautionary note that the chief executive of the Medical Research Council, Colin Blakemore, is attempting to have that ban lifted (Letters, June 9). I agree. But while Robert argues against vivisection scientifically, it can also be opposed ethically…. -David Hammond, Hassocks (letter in archive)
Argus 9.6.06 Letter: Animal testing is unreliable - I am pleased to hear the ban on primate experiments is not to be lifted. However, I am very concerned the chief executive of the Medical Research Council, Colin Blakemore, should even contemplate lifting the ban. Animal testing has been shown to be scientifically unreliable and the large majority of GPs are against it…. -Robert Jarrett, head of science, Croydon College (letter in archive)

Derby Evening Telegraph 14.6.06 CAMPAIGNERS ARE NOT THUGS - It concerns me that too often people who are committed to all aspects of animal welfare and trying to end cruelty are unfairly labelled fanatical thugs. I would like to point out that the majority are law-abiding, tax-paying, caring people who believe that no-one has the right to inflict suffering, pain and fear on other living creatures for any reason…. L. Birch, Chaddesden. (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 14.6.06 Why torture all of God's creatures? - "Don't hide the horror of tests" (Letters, June 6), I totally agree with Jeffrey Bilham of Cleveleys. Too much is hidden behind closed doors, animals suffer too much, the pain must be so unbearable for the poor creatures, being caged, then tortured day after day, then finally disposed of, is unthinkable…. Mrs Liz Brown, Cartmell Avenue, Fleetwood (story)

RSPCA BADGER CULL LETTER
Hunts Post 14.6.06 It’s not the badger - JOHN ATTER, RSPCA East Regional Manager, Peterborough (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.6.06 LOBBY MPS TO STOP THE CULL - JOHN HANCOCK, RSPCA Regional Manager, Wales & West Region (letter)
Rutland & Stamford Mercury 9.6.06 Badgers cull necessary - I read with interest the letter in the Mercury from John Atter, of the RSPCA, who once again did not give the public the whole story when it comes to emotive animal issues. The fact is that TB in cattle costs the tax payer more than £90m each year, a figure which can only rise if nothing is done…. Andrew brown, TW Brown & Son, TWBFARMS@aol.com (story)
North East Evening Gazette 7.6.06 Help badger them into doing the right thing - ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA regional manager for the North (story)
Sunderland Echo 6.6.06 Help prevent badger culling - Alan Wolinski, RSPCA Regional Manager of the North (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 1.6.06 Badger folly - Alan Wolinski RSPCA Regional Manager for the North. (letter)
Ilkley Gazette 1.6.06 Badger folly - Alan Wolinski RSPCA Regional Manager for the North (letter)
Brentwood Gazette 31.5.06 TERRIBLE FATE THAT FACES BADGERS - TERRY ECCLES, RSPCA South East Regional Manager (story)
The Shields Gazette 30.5.06 Say no to killing badgers - Alan Wolinski, RSPCA regional manager for the north. (letter)
Shropshire Star 30.5.06 We must object to plans for slaughter - John Hancock RSPCA Regional Manager, Wales & West Region (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 30.5.06 Badgers not to blame for TB - EARLIER this year, the RSPCA urged members of the public to help prevent the senseless slaughter of thousands of badgers by writing to the government about proposals for a massive badger cull. The result was fantastic. The government received a record 47,474 responses. Most opposed a cull…. The latest scientific evidence indicates that killing bagders could actually increase TB levels in cattle…. Members of the public may wish to encourage their local MP to sign the EDM (number 1788) on badgers… ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA Regional Manager for the North (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.6.06 IS SAVED LAMB TO BE SLAUGHTERED? - It was heart-warming to read about the little lamb that was rescued from the River Avon last Saturday in a joint operation by the fire service and the RSPCA. What isn't so heart-warming is the fact that this baby animal could now be destined for someone's dinner table…. Justin Kerswell Viva! Bristol (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.6.06 MOON BEAR FAMILY REUNITED - From the members of our support group, here in Bolton, for the China Bear Rescue: we would like to thank readers of the Western Daily Press for their wonderful generosity and support…. Barbara Walton Bolton (letter)

Guardian 14.6.06 The lighter side - Patrick Curry's notion of the categories of ecological ethics (Hue and cry, June 7) shows some very muddled thinking… Moreover, his linking of "mid-green" ethics with animal rights suggests that the extent of one's concern for the environment corresponds to that for animals, when in fact the issues involved are often quite separate and certainly too complex to be lumped together…. Jasper Wallace, London (story)
Guardian 7.6.06 Hue and cry: the differing shades of ecological ethics - Patrick Curry - In the ongoing crisis of rampant climate change, habitat loss and species decimation, it is not surprising that ecological ethics is rising up personal and national agendas…Mid-green or intermediate ethics is more extensive. It proceeds by extending the charmed circle of moral considerability from humans to at least some other animals - a significant improvement. Partly inspired by the work of philosophers Peter Singer on animal liberation and Tom Regan on animal rights, movements such as Animal Aid, Compassion in World Farming and Peta lead from the front in contesting the suffering of farmed animals; while, among others, conservationist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, and the Environmental Investigation Agency, work against the mass slaughter of wild animals. Their success so far is limited but real… (story)

BBC News Online 14.6.06 Signs of chicks after island cull - A scheme to rid an island off the north Devon coast of black rats so birds like the Manx shearwater and puffin can breed appears to be paying off. The RSPB says there are signs of chicks on Lundy, in the Bristol Channel, for the first time since rats were removed in 2003… But Mark Gold of Animal Aid does not agree the rats are to blame…. (story)

13.6.06

IPPR REPORT
Guardian 13.6.06 An example of why we are not just "a cover for the pro-hunting campaign" (Leaders, June 12), is that we were raising the issues the IPPR and other bodies now so worthily report on from our creation in 1997…. Simon Hart, Chief executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Guardian 12.6.06 Ploughed under – Leader - Rural affairs are something of a greenfield site for government intervention. Ten years ago, they had barely been discovered. The countryside was about farming, Whitehall assumed, and the fact that it was not really so only hit policymakers after the outbreak of foot and mouth, when the million or so people who enjoyed going for a walk in the country at weekends were told to stay home… At about the same time, conservative rural opinion gained a loud and organised lobbying voice, the Countryside Alliance, a cover for the pro-hunting campaign that capitalised on the sense that Labour did not understand country life. In response there has come a torrent of studies and reports into rural problems and their solutions, of which the latest came last week from the IPPR… (story)
Times 8.6.06 'Wake-up call' on rural rebellion BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - THE Government has been urged to rebuild its relationship with rural communities or risk civil disobedience in the countryside. The rural lobby is now so strong that it could easily build coalitions with other campaign groups, says the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research… Michael Woods, of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, says in the publication A New Rural Agenda today that the Countryside Alliance has triggered a movement much broader than its intention. “When groups are motivated they can influence a vote and I believe it will come at the next election, specially if the Conservatives promise a new law to bring back hunting,” he said… (story)

Western Morning News 13.6.06 NO CASE FOR HUNTING ON NATIONAL TRUST LAND - So the National Trust is going back to the proven cruel "sport" of deer hunting on its land. I think it needs to reassess this very quickly before it runs the risk of being one of the first landowners to be taken to court for knowingly allowing hunting on its land… To say it will allow hunts to continue to hunt sick or injured deer on its land is farcical. If any deer are that sick or injured, and need culling, a skilled marksman should be called on to the land to do the job as quickly as possible… Mrs Y Street, Okehampton (letter)

Western Mail 13.6.06 Are you game for a great day out? - Steve Dube, Western Mail - TOWN meets country at the annual Welsh Game Fair in Gelli Aur near Llandeilo this weekend…. The fair will host a number of competitions and shows including the hound show on Saturday where record entries are expected, and the terrier and lurcher shows, simulated coursing and racing which will take place on Sunday…. (story)

Western Daily Press 13.6.06 RADIO SHOW'S NEGATIVE VIEWS ARE UNHELPFUL TO OUR WILDLIFE - David Thomas Hisomley Wiltshire (letter)
Warminster Standard 8.6.06 AIR GUNS SHOULD BE A TARGET FOR NEXT RADIO SHOW - Bbc Radio 4's Today programme never seems to miss an opportunity to blame cats for the demise of song birds - its latest attempt including grey squirrels, May 29. Rather than believe experts such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or British Trust for Ornithology, which are concerned with the welfare of birds, they choose to promote the claims of a blood sports/gun lobby-backed organisation… If Today was really interested in the welfare of song birds it would address the seven million-odd air guns in circulation, causing suffering not only to pets (cats, of course) but farm animals and wildlife… DAVID THOMAS, Hisomley (story)

The Comet 13.6.06 Glaxo takes legal action against animal rights extremists - DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline is hoping it will no longer be targeted by animal rights extremists after taking legal action against them. A month ago the company, which has a large research headquarters in Stevenage, obtained a High Court emergency injunction against the Campaign Against Huntingdon Life Sciences after the group sent letters to GSK shareholders threatening to reveal their names on a website…. Now, as the group has not appealed against the High Court decision, it has become a full injunction meaning that it remains a criminal offence to send any threatening material to GSK shareholders…. (story)

Guardian 13.6.06 'You won't find chimps having this debate' - After the demonstrations and court battles, isn't it time to talk calmly about animal testing? We ask two leading philosophers to debate the rights and wrongs - Discussion chaired by Julian Baggini - Richard Ryder was one of the pioneers of the philosophy of animal liberation…. Three decades later, defending any essential difference between humans and animals has become deeply unfashionable, but Kenan Malik has been unusually forthright in doing just that. In his book Man, Beast and Zombie he follows the great philosopher Immanuel Kant in arguing that animals are mere things that can be treated as means to an end…. (story)

Telegraph 13.6.06 View from the lab - Prof Steve Jones considers the consequences of human rights for chimps - Last week on the BBC World Service, I exchanged monologues with a Member of the European Parliament (debate unfortunately proved impossible). David Hammerstein is a Spanish Green who supports a Bill to accord rights to chimpanzees on the grounds that "their social and emotional needs are at the same level as handicapped people, small children, or the elderly and mentally impaired". That strikes me as a dangerous argument if applied in reverse and, although some of my best friends are primates, it is also entirely arbitrary. If chimps have rights, why not gorillas; if gorillas, why not monkeys; and if monkeys, why not mice or mynah birds? Certainly, all those creatures deserve respect - but where do we draw the line? … (story)

ANIMAL AID INQUIRY LETTER
Western Morning News 13.6.06 MOST STILL OPPOSED TO TESTING ON ANIMALS - Andre Menache MRCVS, Scientific Consultant to Animal AidTonbridge (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 18.5.06 Time for inquiry - Andre Menache, Scientific Consultant to Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Daily Ireland 18.5.06 Vivisection harms people - Tony Blair has announced that he intends to sign the so-called People’s Petition, thus generating more publicity for the pro-vivisection cause. Despite the massive and orchestrated campaign to demonise the opponents of vivisection, the latest Sky poll confirms that more than 60 per cent of the public remain opposed to animal testing. The government would do well to heed this clear message…. The time has come for an independent scientific evaluation of animal experimentation. Eighty-two per cent of GPs have declared that they would welcome such an inquiry, as have 240 MPs — signatories to a parliamentary motion. Andre Menache MRCVS, Scientific consultant to Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, England TN9 1AW (letter)

Western Daily Press 13.6.06 WE HAVE TO FIGHT TO RETAIN FREE SPEECH - Mr A Alder (Western Daily Press, May 31) is right. Under the Blair government, democracy is under threat. The anti-vivisection group Speak in Oxford has been fighting in the High Court to prevent the shameful campaign by Oxford University to stifle public protest…. One thing people can do to help stem this current tide of repression is to boycott Oxford University… Don't let pharmaceutical companies and their puppet governments turn decades of democracy into dictatorship by stealth. R Franklin Bridgwater (letter)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 13.6.06 COULD PRISONERS BE 'GUINEA PIGS'? - I Have every sympathy for the lady who is distressed by the use of animals for laboratory experiments. However, there is no doubt most medical advances have been made by their use in this way. It is unfortunate also the best animals from a medical research point of view are those most closely related to humans…. I totally deplore those people who in the name of animal rights have attacked research establishments, but there is no doubt that primates are under great pressure. This being so, there is a very good case for using human volunteers on a very much greater extent than at the present time…. In America, prisoners have volunteered to take part in medical research, and I think the same should apply here…. Robin Downs, Berkeley Street, Scunthorpe. (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 13.6.06 Animal experiments can be red herring MCT Morrison is incorrect to claim that heart operations, transplant surgery and the treatment of diabetes could not have been developed without animal experiments. Pacemakers and heart valves were delayed in development because of physiological differences between animals they were designed on and humans…. I would like to reassure MCT Morrison that the majority of animal rights activists care for humans as well as animals…. MARILYN HARRISON, Toothill, Swindon (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 8.6.06 Cruelty of the animal experiments - IN response to MCT Morrison's letter where he states that animals are not tortured in animal experiments (SA, June 5), I strongly disagree. I have seen how these poor creatures are treated and it disgusts me… K BREWSER, Swindon (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 5.6.06 Animals are not tortured in these experiments - I FEEL that Philip Beaven's letter on animal experiments (SA May 25) should not be allowed to go unchallenged. He states that animals are "tortured and killed in useless experiments." The conditions in which animals are kept in laboratories are subject to regular (and unannounced) inspections, and the experiments have to be approved by independent ethical committees…. MCT Morrison FRCS. Retired Surgeon. Swindon (story)
Swindon Advertiser 2.6.06 Learn the lesson of compassion - REF P Beaven's letter (SA, May 25). The judiciary sentencing given to animal rights activists was mentioned…. I believe a lot of doctors and professors are against animal testing, one such was a scientist at Oxford University, Richard Ryder, and he had used lots of animals in experiments… Maybe the scientists will find the gene that gives us compassion, the pro-vivisection lobby could certainly do with some. STEPHANIE GILES, Swindon (story)
Swindon Advertiser 25.5.06 Putting profits before cruelty - SOME years ago some good people found a farm that bred guinea pigs for vivisection…. The good people started a campaign to close the farm down and save thousands of animals from suffering. The campaign was a long one, six years, but in the end the good people won and the bad people closed the farm down, without any injury. Surely a time to rejoice but what happens? Three of the campaigners get 12 years in prison and one gets four years, and all because they wanted to stop animal cruelty…. P BEAVEN Swindon (letter)

Guardian 13.6.06 Badger cull will stop the spread of TB - How can failing to deal with the scourge of bovine tuberculosis at source (Roy Hattersley, June 12) be in the best interests of the badgers whose welfare he is so concerned to protect. The result of years of official vacillation and timidity is that bovine TB is now firmly established in the badger population, particularly in the western half of England and Wales… Anthony Gibson, National Farmers' Union (story)
Guardian 12.6.06 Day of the badger - Roy Hattersley - Next Saturday is Badgers' Day…. Influential voices are pressing for a "cull" - the euphemism for mass slaughter…. The Prince of Wales, who usually only kills animals for sport, believes badgers are inimical to good husbandry in the Duchy of Cornwall. The National Farmers' Union wants lethal action in a number of areas it describes as "hot spots". Vets at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - as illustrated by their response to the foot and mouth outbreak - believe: "When in doubt, kill it."…(story)

12.6.06

Exeter Express & Echo 12.6.06 HUNT'S IDEAS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE - When the National Trust employs its own stalkers with high-powered rifles to cull sick and injured deer, it is only sensible of it to abandon plans to allow deer hunting on its property on Exmoor and the Quantocks…. League Against Cruel Sports' Mid Devon Support Group regularly monitors hunt activity and the Hunt Crime Watch scheme is already bringing about one prosecution in the Exmoor area, due to go to trial on July 31… Miss Katherine Watson, Rushton Drive, Bramhall, Stockport (letter)

Lancashire Evening Post 12.6.06 BURGLARS ATTACK BIRDS - A break-in at Myerscough College saw pheasants beheaded and their remains left strewn on the ground. College officials say around 50 of around 1,000 birds were butchered in the sick attack. The horror came to light after these pictures were taken by campaigners from the League Against Cruel Sports who claimed they showed cruelty to the pheasants, which are bred for sport at the college. But staff said that in fact they showed the carnage that the burglars left behind… (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 8.6.06 CANNIBAL BIRD ROW AT COLLEGE - A FURIOUS row has broken out between animal rights campaigners and an agricultural college over these horrific pictures. Representatives from the League Against Cruel Sports claim the shots show pheasants being kept in such dreadful conditions at Myerscough College, near Preston, that they are turning on each other and even cannibalising their mates. But staff at the college said the images show the aftermath of a recent break-in when around 50 birds were butchered and decapitated…. The League’s North West spokesman Jeanne Young said: “It was horrific. I didn’t do an exact count but I got about 249 birds over the two weeks that were found dead or injured…. Director of curriculum Joe Lamont said:… “The pictures are related to a burglary which took place over the Bank Holiday weekend when 50 to 60 birds were taken. They were killed – and rather inexpertly killed because they were decapitated and their heads were left scattered all round. “We immediately reported this to the police who are investigating. We actually left the evidence there for investigation purposes.”… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 12.6.06 Family shocked at slaughter by a fox - A DEVASTATED St Annes woman is warning pet owners to be on their guard after finding two beloved rabbits dead in her garden. Angela Kelly was initially too distraught to talk about the discovery, which happened two weeks ago, but fears other owners could suffer the same loss if she does not speak out. Mrs Kelly, of Norwood Road, believes a fox attacked lop-eared Horace and Hazel on May 21 when, miraculously, their sister Ruby managed to survive…. "I didn't know what it could have been, I have never seen a fox in my life and was not aware there were any in St Annes, but the next night my husband Ted saw one crossing the lawn with another animal in its mouth. I hate to think what it was."… (story)

Yorkshire Post 12.6.06 Animal research is controlled - From: Jo Tanner, chief executive, Coalition for Medical Progress, Waterloo Business Centre, London. WILLIAM Thompson has a distinctly skewed and unrepresentative view of medical research using animals (Yorkshire Post, June 1). Research in the UK is subject to perhaps the most stringent regulations in the world, with three separate licences required for each study… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 1.6.06 Animal tests: tell us what is going on From: William Thompson, Park House Green, Harrogate. I SEE that, once again, the vivisectors are given whatever legal assistance they ask for to hide their shameful activities…. Forget the "we're afraid of terrorists" gambit and try "we don't want you to know because you won't like it" one instead. Forget freedom of information, animal research is expressly excluded from it…. It seems that any person who speaks out against the abuse of animals in research labs is labelled a terrorist. I resent that label. I do not condone violence or illegal activity of any description. I do, however, demand a right to be heard, as would millions of other people if they knew what was going on in our labs. (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 12.6.06 PROUD TO READ WILDLIFE PATROL - I was very moved on reading Wildlife Patrol on Saturday, June 3, with Alan Brockbank. What a compassionate person Alan is… CEINWEN SMITH, Kemble Road, Tuffley (story)

Scotsman 12.6.06 Fur flies over squirrel cull plan - LIANNE GUTCHER - A POLITICIAN'S plan to offer bounties for the capture or slaughter of grey squirrels will cause "carnage in the countryside", animal welfare groups warned last night. Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has introduced a motion in the Scottish Parliament, claiming a cull of grey squirrels is essential if the native red squirrel population is to be protected… But Ross Minett, director of welfare group Advocates for Animals, said: "There is no scientific or ecological justification for this…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 12.6.06 MSP CALLS FOR A BOUNTY ON GREY SQUIRRELS - TIM PAULING - Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser is calling for a bounty to be put on the heads of Scotland's grey squirrels. The Scottish Tory deputy leader believes radical action is needed to protect native red squirrels from extinction…. Last week Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, called for a bounty on grey squirrels… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 12.6.06 NUTTIER SIDE OF SHOOTING - Tourists pay handsomely for the chance to visit Scotland on the glorious 12th and bag a brace of grouse. Quite what the shooting parties would make of heading out on a grey-squirrel hunt is another matter entirely… (story)

Western Morning News 12.6.06 DON'T DITCH DAIRY FOOD - As someone who runs a dairy farm, I know how much effort goes into producing the healthy, tasty, nutritious milk that most of us drink every day. That's why I am so dismayed to hear Heather Mills-McCartney telling people to ditch dairy foods…. Angela ParkerDairy CommitteeWomen's Food and Farming Union (story)

11.6.06

Sunday Independent 11.6.06 It's time to come clean on hare coursing ban, urges Green party - THE Green Party has claimed it is time for Government TDs to come clean as to why they are against the imposition of a ban on hare coursing. The party also said the fact that 37 per cent of all government funding in sport goes to the horse racing and greyhound industries is a cause of concern…. (story)

10.6.06

ICONS OF ENGLAND
Western Daily Press 10.6.06 IS THE FIGHT TO OUTLAW FOXHUNTING REALLY AN ICON OF GREAT BRITAIN? BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - The Government's controversial project to find national "icons" has run into trouble after it was forced to include foxhunting as a symbol of Englishness. But project chiefs pulled one last trick on the tens of thousands of hunt supporters who lobbied for the banned sport to be included - and named the ban itself as an icon at the same time. That move has left hunting folk across the West even more livid - and renewed claims that the entire English Icons project is a politically correct waste of time…. (story)
Western Morning News 7.6.06 THE GREAT CULTURAL CON - The Government was accused of presiding over a "politically-motivated fiddle" to keep foxhunting off an official list of England's cultural "icons" last night - after it emerged that the controversial country pursuit had received more votes than all the other candidates put together. Figures released yesterday as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request by the Countryside Alliance showed that more than 24,000 people had voted for foxhunting in the Government-funded £1 million poll to identify the images that reflect England…. Yesterday's figures showed that some other icons had been chosen despite attracting even more opposition. The Notting Hill Carnival was included despite the fact that the 335 votes in favour was dwarfed by the 1,854 votes against; the 423 votes in favour of the miniskirt were shaded by 510 votes against; and Cornwall's Eden Project attracted just 184 votes in favour compared to 413 against. Yet all three were included on the icons list ahead of hunting, without qualification…. Julian Smeeth, chairman of the Tetcott Hunt, which operates on the Devon and Cornwall border, said he was not surprised by the apparent tinkering with the result…. (story)
Observer 4.6.06 Pendennis - Oliver Marre - Call for Jorrocks - Accusations of politically motivated tampering are being levelled at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. When this column reported that the country sports lobby was campaigning to have 'hunting' nominated in the government's list of English Icons, it gave rise to something of a tidal wave of support…. . It emerged last week that the DCMS has altered the Icon's title to 'Foxhunting and the ban'. Sources tell me it is the only icon to have mysteriously changed identity since the poll opened…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 2.6.06 ICONIC STATUS FOR HUNT ROW - They are two groups of people whose opposing views on hunting would make them unlikely bedfellows. But fox-hunters and hunt saboteurs will be forced to live side-by-side in a collection of most popular English icons…. Philippa Mayo, of the Countryside Alliance, who is also a member of the Cottesmore Hunt, said: "We're annoyed the two issues have been brought together because the ban is not an icon and more people voted in favour of hunting in the poll than were against it…. (story)
Telegraph 1.6.06 Hunts and saboteurs get 'icon' status By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent - A government-backed project to identify "icons" of Englishness has bowed to pressure by including foxhunting on its list. But in a compromise described as "laughable" by the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, hunt saboteurs have also been given iconic status. The Icons Online project, launched with a £1 million grant by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, announced yesterday that it was adding "Foxhunting and the Ban" to its list…. (story)
Horse & Hound 1.6.06 “Foxhunting and the Ban”: Iconic of Britain? - Anna Tyzack - Foxhunting received the largest number of votes in the Icons of England poll, but it has not been made an icon in its own right. Instead, "Foxhunting and the Ban" has been included in the latest release of icons…. The decision to change the icon to include the ban has provoked ridicule from organizations such as the Countryside Alliance (CA)…. (story)

NATIONAL TRUST MAY ALLOW STAG HUNTING
Western Morning News 10.6.06 - WITH regard to your article of June 1 headed "Trust drops ban on deer hunting", I must make clear that the National Trust will NOT be allowing exempt hunting of deer on its land…. Brendan McCarthy, Director Wessex National Trust (letter)
Western Daily Press 6.6.06 NO U-TURN BY TRUST ON HUNTING OF DEER - In contrast to the impression given by your article on hunting and the National Trust, "A staggering U-turn on hunting", I would like to make clear that the National Trust will NOT be allowing exempt hunting of deer on its land. Your headline suggests that we have reversed a decision made by the trust in 1997 when stag hunting was banned on trust land. We have not…. The trustees of the National Trust have considered whether exempt hunting within the law would be compatible with deer welfare, and have concluded that it is not. They have, however, looked at the issues of sick and injured deer coming onto trust land. In these rare and exceptional cases, they have determined that, in the best interest of deer welfare and to avoid unnecessary suffering of the animal, the trust would allow the minimum number of hunt staff necessary to kill the deer humanely to come onto trust land and shoot the deer…. Brendan McCarthy Director for Wessex National Trust (letter)
Guardian 3.6.06 Corrections and clarifications - A headline implied that the National Trust had a policy to reintroduce hunting deer with dogs which was subsequently reversed under pressure… The trust's 1997 ban on hunting with dogs applied only to deer and not to all forms of huntings, as we said in a previous article, National Trust may relax ban on deer hunts using its land (story)
Western Morning News 1.6.06 TRUST DROPS BAN ON DEER HUNTING - The National Trust has agreed to allow hounds to hunt deer on its land again, nearly a decade after it brought in a ban on stag and deer hunting…. Alison Hawes, South West regional director of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, said: "This is a step forward. It is nice to see that organisations like the National Trust are looking at the hunting issue and that common sense is beginning to prevail."… (story)
Western Morning News 1.6.06 RECONSIDERING THE HUNT BAN? - There is a certain irony in the decision of the National Trust to reconsider its ban on hunting with dogs because it believes using hounds to flush deer to be shot might be a more humane way of dealing with sick and injured animals. It was, after all, the NT's original decision to outlaw hunting on its land nearly ten years ago that set the scene for the Government ban which followed in 2004…. Stripping away all the emotion from the hunting argument is almost impossible. But the hunts have always argued that while chasing fox, deer or hare with a pack of hounds might not be the most efficient way of killing prey species it does offer a form of natural selection which generally means the weaker animals are culled and the stronger survive. For anyone genuinely concerned about animal welfare that might well, in time, turn out to be a compelling argument in favour of bringing back hunting (story)
Somerset County Gazette 1.6.06 Hunting ban will not be lifted By >Chris Alder - By >Chris Alder… A statement issued by the trust's Wessex regional spokesman, Alex Brannen, said: "Contrary to recent press reports, the National Trust's board of trustees has decided exempt hunting of deer, as practised by the local hunt in the area, should not be permitted on its Holnicote Estate."… But he said in exceptional cases when a clearly injured or sick deer was found on adjacent property during exempt hunting and crosses onto the Trust's land before it can be despatched, the minimum number of hunt staff necessary to kill the deer humanely would be allowed onto Trust property to enable the animal to be killed as soon as possible…. (story)
Guardian 1.6.06 National Trust backs down over plan to revive deer hunting - Rob Evans and Rich Cookson - The National Trust yesterday abandoned plans to allow the hunting of deer with dogs to be restarted on its land, after criticism from anti-hunt campaigners…. Yesterday the National Trust conceded it could not be "100% certain" the hunts would obey the act, saying the monitoring would have needed to be "fairly elaborate"…. (story)
Telegraph 1.6.06 Trust's policy - The National Trust's position on hunting has not changed in the way you suggest. What is described as "a major change of policy" is in fact a very narrow proposal - applying only to the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor - to help us deal as humanely as possible with exceptional cases where clearly sick or injured deer are found by hunts on adjacent land and cross into National Trust property…. Sir William Proby Bt Chairman, The National Trust, Swindon, Wilts (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.5.06 NT COULD LIFT HUNTING BAN - The National Trust is considering lifting a six-year ban on staghunting. The trust, which owns vast expanses of land across the region, has set up a working group to look into the move…. (story)
Telegraph 31.5.06 National Trust plans to bring back hunting with hounds By Richard Alleyne - The National Trust reignited the row over field sports yesterday by proposing to allow hunts to cull deer on its land…. Tom Yandle, the chairman of the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds, said: "Obviously my view is that they should never have banned it in the first place." (story)
BBC News Online 31.5.06 Trust mulls 'deer hunting' return - Deer hunting with hounds may be allowed on National Trust sites as the best way to deal with sick and injured animals…. (story)
Guardian 30.5.06 National Trust may relax ban on deer hunts using its land - Rich Cookson and Rob Evans - The National Trust is considering reversing its ban and permitting the hunting of deer with dogs on its land once again, the Guardian has learned. The trust says the hunts will be allowed to use the dogs only to flush out deer so they can be shot, in keeping with the act passed two years ago to curtail hunting. But anti-hunting groups say that hunts could not be trusted to stay within the law because hundreds of them across the country are already repeatedly breaching the act every week and are continuing to chase foxes and deer as they always did…. (story)
Western Morning News 30.5.06 NATIONAL TRUST CONSIDERS LIFTING BAN ON STAGHUNTING - The National Trust is considering lifting a six-year ban on staghunting. The trust, which owns vast expanses of land across the region, has set up a working group to address the issue…. If a decision is made to lift the ban then it is likely to spark anger among such groups as Animal Aid and the League Against Cruel Sports… Nick Gibbons, chairman of the Quantock Staghounds in Somerset, said: "I would welcome it if the ban were lifted... (story)
Manchester Evening News 30.5.06 National Trust 'could allow deer hunting' - THE National Trust is looking at allowing the hunting of deer with dogs on its land - to deal with the problem of sick and injured deer… (story)
Western Daily Press 27.5.06 NATIONAL TRUST IN HUNTING ROW BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - A Bitter clash is looming as the National Trust revealed it may once again allow stag- hunting on its land. Chiefs at the conservation charity say they may approve a partial lifting of the ban it brought in six years ago after huge internal turmoil. They argue it would only be a minor change - huntsmen would be allowed on to their land to deal swiftly with "sick and injured" deer. But anti-hunt campaigners claim it would allow staghunting in by the back door and say they will fight the change…. (story)
Western Daily Press 27.5.06 A STAGGERING U-TURN ON HUNTING BY TRISTAN CORK TC.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - The National Trust is set to reignite the most bitter debate of the hunting war - by allowing staghunting on its land once again, it emerged yesterday…. National Trust spokesman Julian Lloyd said: "There is only one issue that is being looked at, which is the possible use of exempt hunting as a means of dealing with sick and injured deer on National Trust land….. Paul Tillesley, who runs the League Against Cruel Sports' deer sanctuaries on Exmoor, said he was disturbed at the news. "It's such an important issue that they have to put it to their members."… (story)

Telegraph 10.6.06 Drive to give 'human' rights to apes leaves Spanish divided By David Rennie - Spain could soon become the first country in the world to give chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and other great apes some of the fundamental rights granted to human beings under a law being proposed by members of the ruling Socialist coalition. The law would eliminate the concept of "ownership" for great apes, instead placing them under the "moral guardianship" of the state, much as is the case for children in care, the severely handicapped and those in comas, said the MP behind the project, Francisco Garrido…. The Archbishop of Pamplona and Tudela, Fernando Sebastian, has said that only a "ridiculous or distorted society" could propose such a law. "We don't give rights to some people - such as unborn children, human embryos, and we are going to give them to apes," the archbishop said. Amnesty International's Spanish branch has also expressed concerns, saying that humans have yet to see their rights fully guaranteed… (story)
Telegraph 10.6.06 Our duty to animals - The attempt by Spanish Socialist and Green MPs to award rights to chimpanzees is not an entirely ludicrous exercise…. We applaud the overwhelming consensus that has emerged to oppose the tactics of the terrorist wing of "animal rights" activists; we defend field sports enthusiasts and those who prefer not to restrict their diet to nut cutlets or their clothing to hemp and plimsolls…. In a choice of philosophical positions, we back Roger Scruton rather than Peter Singer…. Mr Scruton argues that, if animals do not engage in moral arguments or contractual relations, they cannot be said to have rights…. (story)

Independent 10.6.06 Animal experiments are not 'bad science' - Andre Menache (letters, 7 June) and others allege that the use of animals in medical research is bad science on the grounds that the differences between humans and other animals invalidate any conclusions drawn for human therapies.While researchers must (and do) recognise that such differences exist, there are nevertheless many aspects of human biochemistry, genetics and physiology that are very similar to those of other mammalian species and this shared biology means there is indeed much that can be learnt from animal experiments… JONATHAN WALLACE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (story)

Hull Daily Mail 10.6.06 HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR PET TO BE TORTURED? - How can anyone even think of supporting the horribly violent practice of animal experimentation? How would you like it if your pet was burned, blinded, scalded, mutilated or poisoned to death just so super-rich companies can formulate a new medicine or make-up?... Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington. (letter)

Northern Echo 10.6.06 ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS - One thing Tony Blair did when he said he would sign a petition supporting experiments on animals for medical research is get people talking. Unfortunately, one scientist, Professor Colin Blakemore, felt confident enough to suggest that in extreme circumstances the Government should consider using the great apes, chimpanzees and gorillas in research…. I hope I am not alive to see it. M Embling, Hunwick (letter)

BBC News Online 10.6.06 Airport halts live animals flight by Maurice Blisson - The first flight of live animals out of the UK for food export in 10 years has been banned after activists protested. The flight, from Doncaster-Sheffield Airport, was due to leave Robin Hood Airport on Monday, 19 June. Managing Director David Ryall said: "The airport has declined the opportunity to export livestock from its freight base."… The animal welfare pressure group Compassion in World Farming had pledged to stage demonstrations at Robin Hood airport if the flight had gone ahead…. Kale spokesman Mark Johnson said: "This news is fantastic for everyone who has made the effort to contact Robin Hood Airport and voice their concerns about live calves being flown to intensive systems in Europe…. (story)

Independent 10.6.06 Victory for animal rights campaigners as Ralph Lauren shuns fur By David Usborne in New York - The footsoldiers in the war against fur in fashion chalked up an important victory when the American clothing giant Polo Ralph Lauren said that it would stop using animal pelts across all of its products, beginning from the Christmas shopping season later this year. The decision to forgo fur by the New York-based fashion house is a notable coup for animal rights groups, particularly People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)…. Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress, found herself sprayed with flour at the London Fashion Week… Making her pledge to ditch all things fur, Ms Hilton said she had also been lobbied by the estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney, Heather Mills, well-known as an animal rights campaigner…. (story)
Guardian 10.6.06 Peta claims victory as fashion house drops fur - Polo Ralph Lauren says it is eliminating fur from all its clothing and home product lines…. (story)

9.6.06

Cumberland News 9.6.06 Great and the good salute ‘Lordy’ By Kelly Eve - ABOUT 450 people from all walks of life paid their final respects to a Cumbrian peer who “put his heart and soul into his beloved county”. A fitting tribute to the seventh Earl of Lonsdale, 83, the founder of the Lowther Horse Driving Trials, saw horses pulling a four-in-hands carriage as the funeral cortege made its way to St Michael’s Church near Penrith…. After the service, a hunting horn was blown by John Harrison, from Ullswater Foxhounds, by the graveside as the Earl’s coffin was lowered into the ground…. Proceeds from a collection will be shared between the Countryside Alliance, Hospice at Home and the Lowther Church Restoration Fund…. (story)

Daily Ireland 9.6.06 Ban blood sports - The recent National Country Fair has been hailed by a prominent hare coursing enthusiast as “the all-Ireland hurling final of the field sports community". Some sport... and some community. What legitimate sport would have the dirtiest fouling as the main event? What fair and truly competitive sport would pit a small animal, the hare, against two larger and faster animals in the confines of a wired enclosure? Or one animal, the fox, against a pack of 40 hounds?.... John Fitzgerald, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Argus 9.6.06 Letter: A muddled hunt - How happy I was to read Sue Baumgardt's letter about the wild boar problem (The Argus, June 6) ñ a voice of reason in a crazy world. A person who takes pleasure in taking a human life is psychopathic. However, inflicting needless killing and suffering on animals ñ who only wish to quietly live their lives - is an accepted social pastime… Daniel Weeden, Brighton (letter in archive)

Times 9.6.06 Who says you're harassed? BY ROY HATTERSLEY - THE COMPANY Law Reform Bill now allows shareholders’ names to be kept secret… If opponents of vivisection organise a campaign of letters expressing their moral outrage, is that “harassment”? And if each letter is accompanied by hideous pictures of the reality of animal experiments — eviscerated guinea-pigs and dogs with electrodes sticking out of their heads — does the horror that these pictures create compound the offence?... Anyway, there is something contemptible about shareholders who make money out of animal suffering but want to hide their shame behind the Company Law Reform Bill. (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 9.6.06 'IS MR BLAIR RAISING DOUBLE STANDARD?' - Recently, Tony Blair publicly condemned what he called the 'appalling actions' of animal rights extremists. He then signed a so-called 'People's Petition' in favour of experiments on animals, with the world's press invited to watch… Could it be, perhaps, the reason for Labour's stance lies in the donations it receives from multi-national businesses, some of whom profit from war and animal experiments? Paul Potter, Glanville Avenue, Scunthorpe. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 9.6.06 ANIMAL-LOVER JEAN SAVES TINY NEST FROM THE CHOP BY TIM HEALY - An animal activist swooped into action to save a wren's nest from the chop. Jean Bird flew into a rage when she heard tree surgeons with chainsaws about to cut back a hedge which was home to the protected species… Mrs Bird, a member of Harborough Animal Concern, said: "I knew that it was illegal to intentionally destroy a wild bird nest during the nesting season so I alerted the men…. Mrs Bird, who lives in Chedar Close, said: "I am delighted that nothing will be done to that part of the hedge." She was accompanied on her protest by her friend, Janet Gee…. Angie Downham, of the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital, also attended the building site. (story)
Harborough Mail 8.6.06 Who dares wings! - AN ANIMAL rights protester was escorted from a building site by police after she stopped tree surgeons chopping back a hedge where a wren had made its nest. Jean Bird, from Cedar Close, Kibworth, and a member of Harborough Animal Concern, scrambled through a two-foot tall hole in the fence behind the Kibworth Grange development in High Street on Monday, to confront contractors who had begun to chop back hedging with a chainsaw…. (story)

JOANNA LUMLEY CIWF LIVE EXPORT LETTER
Northern Scot 9.6.06 Help change the fate of calves (story)
North East Evening Gazette 6.6.06 Change calves' fate - JOANNA LUMLEY, Compassion in World Farming (letter)
The Shields Gazette 6.6.06 Compassion for calves - Joanna Lumley, CIWF, Charles House, 5a Charles Street, Petersfield, Hants. (letter)
Sunderland Echo 26.5.06 A cruel export - Joanna Lumley (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.5.06 HELP CHANGE FATE OF CALVES - Joanna Lumley CIWF (letter)
Leicester Mercury 22.5.06 DISMAY OVER CALVES EXPORT - Joanna Lumley, Compassion in World Farming (story)
Torquay Herald Express 22.5.06 FATE OF CALVES - You may be aware that I led a May Day plea for British calves on behalf of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) on Tuesday May 2, knowing that the export of live calves from Britain to the continent was about to resume. Three days later, in the early-morning cover of darkness, about 1,000 British calves were exported from Dover, headed for veal farms on the continent… I am urging your readers to contact CIWF… and do all they can to help change the fate of these calves…. JOANNA LUMLEY, CIWF, Charles House Charles Street, Petersfield Hants (letter)

Surrey Union 9.6.06 No end of enthusiasm for wildlife - Most of you by now will know that Graham and I have decided to take semi-retirement from the Hydestile Wildlife Hospital after 28 years of rescuing wildlife…. Hydestile Wildlife will continue to have charity status as we depend on donations and fundraising to meet the costs of providing a home for our permanent residents…. Thank you for supporting us. Lyn Cornick, Co-Founder, Hydestile Wildlife Hospital, New Road, Hydestile, Near Godalming. (letter)

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Argus 8.6.06 Letter: Wild boar are giving us a chance to get it right - The article on the possible return of boar hunting seems to suggest trapping, shooting and hunting are the only methods of dealing with wild boar and feral pigs in our county, (The Argus, May 31). Inner-city Wildlife Concern took part in the Government consultation and felt the matter needed much more thought… Has the campaign against hunting with dogs taught our Government nothing? -Gloria Wheatcroft, co-ordinator, Inner-city Wildlife Concern, Brighton and Hove area (letter in archive)

Birmingham Post 8.6.06 Fishing for women to be anglers - Traditionally seen as a man's sport, angling has never attracted huge numbers of women but now the Government is keen to change all that. Rural Affairs Reporter Sarah Probert visits one fishery to see how the tide may be turning... (story)

PRO-TEST RALLY
Oxford Student 8.6.06 Lab debate take to the streets By Anna Mikhailova - Hundreds of students took to the streets on Saturday in support of the building of the University’s animal lab. The march, organised by the group Pro-Test, saw 600 demonstrators assemble on Parks Road at 11.45, before marching through the city. In a symbolic move, Oxford University for the first time sent a representative to show its official support for the movement and animal testing…. (story)
Oxford Mail 5.6.06 Pro-test rally gains support By Emma-Kate Lidbury - More than 500 pro-animal testing campaigners marched through Oxford city centre on Saturday. The demonstration, organised by Pro-Test, the group supporting the construction of Oxford University's animal research lab, saw protesters gather in Parks Road shortly before noon on Saturday for a rally…. Thames Valley Police estimated between 500 and 600 people took part in the demonstration. A spokesman said: "We are happy with the way the march was carried out. Everything went to plan and discussions held beforehand meant it all went smoothly." (story)
Sky News 3.6.06 Demonstrations In Oxford - Hundreds of supporters of animal testing are stage protests in Oxford backing a new medical research facility at the university… (story)
Oxford Mail 3.6.06 TV star joins pro lab rally By Jo Duckles - TV wildlife man Howie Watkins will be joining the Pro-Test rally supporting the controversial Oxford University animal laboratory today (Sat). Mr Watkins, who best known for his role on the BBC's Really Wild Show children's wildlife programme, has criticised animal rights group Speak, for opposing the laboratory…. (story)

BBC News Online 3.6.06 Animal lab groups hold protests - Opposing sides in the row over Oxford University's new £20m animal research laboratory are staging protests. Supporters of the new Oxford Biomedical Research Facility are holding a rally in favour in central Oxford. Anti-vivisection campaigners are demonstrating in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, outside lodgings of contractors working on the building…. (story)

OXFORD LAB BUILDERS THREATENED
Oxford Student 8.6.06 Speak target lab workers’ secret hideout - Animal rights protesters held a defiant demonstration outside the facility housing construction workers of the South Parks Road animal lab last Saturday, writes Ed Hancox. The protest was organised by pressure group Speak to coincide with the Pro-Test demonstration in Oxford. The location of the march was kept secret until last Wednesday, when Speak released details of the Fire Service College at Moreton-in- Marsh, Gloucestershire… (story)
Cotswold Journal 8.6.06 Legal bid to ban town animal rights protest - ANIMAL rights protesters brought their campaign against the building of the new Oxford University Biomedical Research Laboratory to the Fire Service College in Moreton - where some of the construction workers for the project are being housed - and have promised to return. However, Oxford University is going to the High Court tomorrow to ask for clarification of an injunction already in place for sites in Oxford to include the college and other areas in Moreton to protect the builders…. (story in archive)
Western Daily Press 5.6.06 ON MARCH FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS BY JOHN SYKES J.SYKES@BEPP.CO.UK - The quiet of a Cotswolds town was shattered this weekend as protesters voiced their anger at workers building a controversial new centre for animal experiments. Demonstrators marched on the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, where some of the contractors working on the centre at Oxford are living…. Veteran campaigner Joan Court, 87, representing Cambridge Animal Rights, said: "I am delighted we found out where these people live. We always find out - we always win."… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 5.6.06 CAMPAIGNERS STORM FIRE COLLEGE - Animal rights campaigners took to the streets of Moreton-in-Marsh. A 150-strong posse marched on the Fire Service College. The protest was organised by Stop the Primate Laboratory at Oxford University…. Waving banners, touting placards and blowing whistles, they brought the A44 to a standstill as they paraded from the railway station to the college gates…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 3.6.06 COLLEGE IS STRUCK BY PROTEST - Animal rights protesters struck the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh. Stop the Primate Laboratory at Oxford University staged a rally outside the London Road base. They believe workers building a new animal testing centre in Oxford are living at the firefighters' training centre…. (story)
Oxford Student 1.6.06 Animal lab protection By Annie McDermott - The successful extension of Oxford University’s injunction against animal rights activists has been overshadowed by a sinister new threat from SPEAK, one of the animal rights group named in the court action. Protestors have discovered the secret location where workers on the site are transported to after work each day…. (story)
Times 31.5.06 Animal rights group claims new coup against Oxford lab BY JENNY BOOTH - An animal rights group is claiming a coup against the construction of an animal testing laboratory at Oxford University after discovering where the builders working on the site are allegedly being housed. Speak has called for volunteers to attend a protest on Saturday outside what it claims is the builders' quarters in a Cotswolds village…. The Speak protest coincides with a pro-testing demonstration in Oxford organised by Laurie Pycroft, 16, a school pupil who has become noted for supporting testing on live animals. Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, Alan Duncan MP, the Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary, and Dr Evan Harris MP, the Lib Dem science spokesman, will speak at the Pro-Test march.(story)
Guardian 31.5.06 Activists discover location of Oxford lab builders - Donald MacLeod - The battle over Oxford University's medical research lab took a new twist today as animal rights activists said they had discovered the secret location where builders working on the £20m project are housed…. Calling for a demonstration, Speak issued a statement condemning the builders…. (story)
Telegraph 31.5.06 Animal rights group reveals university lab builders' secret address By Rosie Murray-West - Animal rights protesters have discovered the secret location of builders working on the construction of a new Oxford University laboratory, it was claimed last night. Speak, a group that says it uses only legal means to protest against vivisection, will demonstrate outside the men's quarters in a Cotswolds village on Saturday…. Robert Cogswell, who heads Speak, said it would not be breaching an injunction the university had taken out against protesters last week because it would stay 100 yards from residential blocks… (story)

Oxford Student 8.6.06 Vivisection is not a reliable means of testing human drugs By Kathy Archibald - Pro-vivisectionists - including Professors Colin Blakemore and Tipu Aziz - had a busy weekend, marching through Oxford and launching a booklet in London proclaiming the benefits of experiments on primates… As a geneticist who has worked in pharmaceutical development, and who owes my life to much medical intervention, I share the conviction that medical research is vital. But it is important to point out that medical research and animal research are not one and the same thing and that it is logical to support one and oppose the other… (story)

The Comet 8.6.06 Stop this monkey business! - A SCIENTIST from Comet country has added her voice to the debate on testing on animals. Dr Gill Langley, from Hitchin, is an expert on animal experimentation and non-animal techniques and is scientific adviser to the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research. She spent Monday evening at the Science Museum in London debating with neurologist and animal testing supporter Alex Green about the use of primates in experiments… (story)

Yorkshire Post 8.6.06 Animal cruelty From: Rachel Maister, Priest Lane, Ripon. IT was reported (Yorkshire Post, June 3) that the Medical Research Council was promoting its booklet Primates in medical research…. It makes me feel ashamed to be a human… (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.6.06 BANISH FOIE GRAS FROM THE MENU - In your West Country Life magazine last Saturday, June 3, in an article "Hungry for success", Frenchman Oliver Azam raves about foie gras, which is being heavily featured in his new restaurant Le Quinze…. If I discovered foie gras on the menu of any restaurant list, I would leave immediately…. This Saturday, a "vegan fayre" is being held in Bristol, where even carnivores will be surprised by the quality and selection of the products available…. Mike Mason Nailsea North Somerset (story)

Western Daily Press 8.6.06 OLYMPIC DEADLINE TO END THE TORTURE - BY ERIN DEAN E.DEAN@BEPP.CO.UK - West Tv presenter Paul Martin appealed to China yesterday to use the Olympics as a deadline for stamping out bear bile farms. Animal-lover Mr Martin, who presents BBC antiques show Flog It!, is backing Animal Asia Foundation's Moon Bear campaign…. (story)

Western Daily Press 8.6.06 MAKE A DATE WITH BIG-HEARTED JILL - Here is your chance to meet the angel of the Moon Bears. Jill Robinson, the founder of the Animals Asia Foundation, is appearing at two West events as part of the UK roadshow 2006. Hear first-hand about the charity's rescues, life at the sanctuary and plans for the future by coming to the Bristol Chinese Vegetarian Banquet, Talk and Auction…. (story)

Argus 8.6.06 Letter: One small step... I agree with Wendy Taylor's comments (Letters, May 30) that many creatures are kept in bad conditions… Once, while campaigning against bear baiting, someone said to me "this isn't as bad as whaling, you ought to campaign against that". Then, while campaigning against whaling, someone said to me "this isn't as bad as...". Clare Robbyns, Dyke Road, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 30.5.06 Why only seals? - I have followed with interest the protests about the proposed seal enclosure at Brighton Sea Life centre…. Worse still are the tiny tanks in rows, like a filing cabinet, which many reptile and snake breeders keep their animals in… And this is to say nothing of pet rabbits and guinea pigs living out their lonely lives in solitary confinement in a poky little hutch at the bottom of the garden. At least the seals will be in full public view and monitored for proper care all year - which is more than can be said for the other poor creatures I have mentioned. -Wendy Taylor, Lancing (letter in archive)

Argus 8.6.06 Letter: They need help - In reply to Rob Alp (Letters, May 31), I fail to see how my looking on the bright side for animals in captivity can be thought sad…. To quote Mr Alp, "they will die free" - yes, mostly due to starvation and neglect. Things out there ain't what they used to be. -Ron Wood, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 5.6.06 Better outside - Like so many others, Ron Wood considers it would be much safer for seals and otters to be inside the Brighton Sea Life Centre than outside in today's environment (Letters, May 26). The outside environment is where they belong so they can take their chances along with the rest of nature, free to choose their own destiny and not to be incarcerated…. -David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (letter in archive)
Argus 31.5.06 Leave them free - How sad to find views like those of Ron Wood about keeping wild animals in captivity still exist in this modern and supposedly more enlightened age… All wild animals take their chances. It has ever been thus. Wild animals are born free. Let them die free too. -Rob Alp, Slindon Common, Arundel (letter)
Argus 26.5.06 Letter: They're not safe in the wild - I beg to disagree with Virginia McKenna (Letters, May 22). Seals and otters housed at Brighton Sea Life Centre will be fed and well cared for, have expert veterinary treatment and there will be plenty of room for them to move around….-Ron Wood, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 22.5.06 Letter: Wild animals should not be penned up - I was surprised to hear plans by the Brighton Sea Life Centre to exhibit otters and seals have been approved by Brighton and Hove City Council's planning applications sub-committee…. -Virginia McKenna OBE Born Free Foundation, Horsham, www.bornfree.org.uk (letter in archive)

Grimsby Telegraph 8.6.06 REWARD OFFERED FOR RARE BIRD - The owner of a rare bird spooked by an animal rights protester is offering a reward. Stephen Wilton had four owls on show at a fun day on Deighton Close fields, off the A16 Louth bypass, on Sunday. He had just taken hold of the strap around the leg of Bumble, a 13-month-old Rufus-thighed South American owl, which had been held by a girl visiting the gala day. Mr Wilton, of Skegness, said: "This animal rights protester started shouting this rubbish and grabbed the strap and she flew off…. (story)
Louth Leader 6.6.06 RARE OWL FREED BY PROTESTOR WILL DIE - THERE was drama at Sunday's Classic Car Show in Louth when animal rights activists freed a rare owl – which now has only days to live. Stephen Wilton was exhibiting his owls as part of the show at Deighton Close field when the incident happened. Bumble, a South American owl, had been posing for photos with visitors when two animal right campaigners started to shout abuse at Mr Wilton claiming what he was doing was 'cruel and pointless'. Then one of the campaigners, a boy aged around 14, suddenly grabbed hold of Bumble's strap which startled the owl and made her fly off…. (story)

7.6.06

Independent 7.6.06 Arguments against animal testing - Contrary to what Johann Hari writes about those who oppose animal experiments ("It's time for the enemies of science to feel the pain", 5 June), we are neither proponents of "black pseudo-scientific theories" nor violent fanatics. In fact, there is a growing number of respectable scientists who reject animal testing on the grounds that it is simply "bad science"…. ANDRE MENACHE MRCVS, SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT TO ANIMAL AID, TONBRIDGE, KENT
Johann Hari writes that animal rights activists should "decline all medicines that have ever been tested on animals". Clearly it is impossible to "untest" a drug; the knowledge of its viability is now with us whether or not an individual agrees with the means through which it was obtained…. SAM PLAYLE, WEYMOUTH, DORSET (letters)

Times 7.6.06 Testing times - Colin Blakemore is certainly correct to question our rationale for the existing ban on medical experiments involving the great apes (report, June 3). The sensitivities of the public and the conservation implications must be weighed against the potential benefits of medical treatments that can be derived from them…. Our general understanding of the human moral sense and its reason for being is particularly poor. Morality is not a function of logic, so arguments that purport to use reason against the use of great apes in research, while well intentioned, are inherently false… IAN RICKARD, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (letter)

The Sentinel 7.6.06 Re: Personally Speaking, by Kerryanne Clancy. The Stafford County Show may have brought a "wonderful sight" of a child wielding a stick in charge of a piglet in the ring, but consider the plight of the millions of these creatures tethered to concrete floors and trapped in stalls waiting to give birth again and again, and then to be slaughtered by inhumane methods.I am glad the 47 stone pig from Wales did bite the hand that fed him… (letter)

BBC News Online 7.6.06 Fur ban supported by politician - Jersey should ban fur imports because of its links with animal welfare, according to a politician. More than 2,500 people have signed a petition asking the States to ban the importation of fur and fur products. Senator Stuart Syvret said he supported the petition and would ask the relevant States department to introduce the necessary legislation… (story)
Jersey Evening Post 8.6.06 Syvret calls for ban on fur imports and sales By Harry McRandle - A COMPLETE ban on selling fur coats and importing fur into Jersey could be introduced if the States agree with a proposal lodged yesterday by Senator Stuart Syvret. (story in archive)

6.6.06

Western Morning News 6.6.06 I WOULD correct one statement in your otherwise excellent Voice of the Westcountry (WMN, June 1) - people do go out to enjoy the challenge of the chase which entails riding across the countryside taking obstacles as they come. But the greater percentage of those could not care less and/or do not know whether or not the quarry is caught. That is the job of the huntsman who tries his best to bring the day to a satisfactory conclusion and thereby helping to keep the population at an acceptable and healthy level…. Patrick J Ellis, Eggesford (letter)

Guardian 6.6.06 Jockeys on course for veto power - Derby death spotlights call for rule change to allow riders to decide if horse is allowed to race or not - Greg Wood - The Horseracing Regulatory Authority board is to consider amending its rules to allow a jockey to withdraw a horse before the start of a race, even if the racecourse vet believes it to be sound…. "Common sense is giving way to the demands of the market," Andrew Tyler, Animal Aid's director, said. "Horses are now bred for speed, not for robustness, and as a result, their skeletal strength and bone mass are not what they should be."… (story)

Guardian 6.6.06 'No plans' to lift ban on great ape research - The government moved today to quash suggestions that it could be prepared to lift the blanket ban on experiments involving great apes. The chief executive of the Medical Research Council, Colin Blakemore, argued last week that drug tests using chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans could be justified if they were needed to save human lives. But the science minister, Lord Sainsbury, described his remarks as "hypothetical" today and made clear that there were no plans to lift the current ban, which dates back to 1998…. (story)

Western Daily Press 6.6.06 Despite all the assurances of regulation regarding medical research on animals, the fact remains that they can still be subjected to what amounts to systematic abuse when used for experimentation, day in and day out…. Gill Purser Cheltenham (letter)

Scotsman 6.6.06 MSPs are perfectly right to debate issue of animal abuse and welfare - Peter MacMahon (Opinion, 2 June) accuses the SNP leader, Alex Salmond, of taking the moral high ground on erroneous premises, but his own moral altimeter obviously needs an overhaul. He takes exception to the fact that MSPs displayed too much emotion about the welfare of animals in last Wednesday's debate. He should welcome the fact that our elected representatives are prepared to show their true feelings on this important issue… The sooner we put an end to the unnecessary, immoral and utterly indefensible slaughter of animals for food, the sooner we will be able to have a nice, calm, cheery debate about animal welfare in our new parliament…. JAMES BOYLE, Eastwoodmains Road, Clarkston, Glasgow (LETTER)

Western Morning News 6.6.06 ENCOURAGE ALTERNATIVES TO CALF EXPORT TRADE - I am aware that the lifting of the EU ban on exports of British beef will mean a resumption of the export trade in young calves from the UK - deeply concerning from an animal welfare viewpoint. Evidence from Compassion in World Farming's investigations into sheep exports has consistently revealed how transporters regularly flout European law: journey times are longer than the recommended nine hours… M A Kennedy, Cornwall (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.6.06 FOAL SHOULD BE WITH MOTHER, NOT ON SHOW FOR THE PUBLIC - How awful that a three-day- old-donkey, which has only just learned to stand, should be subjected to the mauling of people (however well meant) on a busy holiday beach… R Franklin Bridgwater Somerse (letter)

5.6.06

Glasgow Evening Times 5.6.06 Nugent is lacking soul - I just had the misfortune to read your interview with that rock-star eejit Ted Nugent (June 1). He prattles on about how he gets off on killing animals, and that hunting bans are "soul-lessness"… What a sad, empty human being Mr Nugent must be. GRAEME BERRY Via e-mail (letter)

Diss Express 5.6.06 Game farmer hits back at bird flu claims - A game farmer has hit back at an animal welfare group who claim his farm is "significantly increasing" the risk of a major avian bird flu outbreak in the UK. Terry Sizer, who owns Pye Hall Game Farm in Eye, says that criticism by The League Against Cruel Sports, is part of a vendetta against him…. Douglas Batchelor, the group's chief executive, added: "Game Farms like Pye Hall are showing a total lack of responsibility... common sense tells us we must take all necessary precautions to minimise the risk and a suspension of breeding is an obvious first step. We cannot put the interests of shooters and breeders before that of the public." However, Mr Sizer hit back at this claim: "It is absolute rubbish. Do we just stop breeding everything? Who is going to stop swans and ducks flying into the country by the hundreds and thousands? How can pheasants be any more at risk than starlings or sparrows?"… (story)

Argus 5.6.06 Living with boar - I would love to know exactly who was consulted by the Government regarding the hunting of wild boar, now re-established in Sussex and elsewhere after being eradicated by hunters in the 13th Century… perhaps it was the shooting faction - who blame birds of prey and foxes for taking young pheasants (not an indigenous species) from shooting estates, where the wealthy pay thousands to shoot birds reared in captivity and slow to fly…. -Sue Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter in archive)

Independent 5.6.06 Johann Hari: It's time for the enemies of science to feel the pain - People like Morrissey should decline all medicines that have been tested on animals - A strange black tide of irrationalism and superstition is currently washing over science, and trying to drown the free pursuit of knowledge… Pick up any newspaper any day and you'll find these irrationalists poisoning debates with their sickly sea-water - the deniers of anthropogenic global warming, the peddlers of "alternative" medicine, the animal rights activists who claim that experimenting on animals is totally useless…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 5.6.06 Animal rights are threat to wildlife - Lisa Bonomini's letter of May 19 indicates that, in common with other minority groups, her animal rights groups are ignorant of the basic principles of a democratic society…. I M JARVIS, Worcester (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 19.5.06 Animal protesters being criminalised - I was disgusted to read about the ordeal suffered by animal rights campaigner Pauline Burgess at the hands of the police. What a ridiculous and totally unnecessary waste of police resources. Ms Burgess is a peaceful campaigner who feels passionately about the plight of animals… Animal rights campaigners are being treated like terrorists. The majority of animal rights campaigners are peaceful people who just want to see improved conditions for animal life… LISA BONOMINI, Malvern (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 5.6.06 BRITISH WELFARE IS BEST - Tony Vernelli, campaigns manager for Viva (June 2), could indirectly be responsible for animal cruelty by making inaccurate, sweeping statements which will deter the public from buying welfare-friendly pork. By lumping Britain with 'the rest of the world' pig producers he is nullifying all the positive work done to encourage consumers to buy pork from farms where pigs are kept in good conditions with high standards of husbandry…. J. BLYTH, Bullington (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 5.6.06 BLAME GOES WIDE ON ABUSE OF FARM PIGS - I Was not surprised by the retort from the local farmer (May 27) to the expos?? of pig farming by Viva…. I had hoped in recent years that films like "Babe" and "Chicken Run" would enable the public to make the link between the benign terminology and lifeless lump of flesh on their dinner plate and the curious faces of those poor creatures of every species whose lives are cut terribly short simply to put a cheap product on the plate…. These sentient animals can never speak of the ills perpetrated against them. I am glad that Viva, Peta, Speak, BUAV, Uncaged, Animal Aid et al are prepared to work tirelessly to put these issues where they belong, in the faces and hopefully consciences of those who assist in the day-to-day abuse of these animals - whether it be first-hand or from a distance. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln. (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 2.6.06 OUTRAGE BY PIG FARMERS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO DEFLECT ATTENTION - 'Outraged' pig farmers who call Viva! extremists and accuse us of breaking into farms are simply trying to deflect attention from the disturbing images we have filmed inside pig farms across Britain. To call us extremists is laughable, as some of our biggest supporters include Heather Mills McCartney, Jenny Seagrove and Michael Mansfield QC…. British pig farmers love to bang on about the UK ban on sow stalls - brought about entirely by campaigning groups such as Viva! and vehemently opposed by farmers - but neglect to inform consumers that sows are still subjected to the farrowing crate…. Each of us can make a difference - just by changing to a healthier diet. Don't buy bacon, pork or ham - it is almost certainly from a factory farm. TONI VERNELLICampaigns ManagerViva! (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 27.5.06 NO EVIDENCE OF CRUELTY - As a long-serving member of the pig industry, I read with fury and disgust the accusations of Viva representative Toni Vernelli (May 24). We as stock people are also against violence and to insinuate that we are violent toward our stock shows Ms Vernelli's apparent ignorance of our industry. Proof of this lies in the way Toni and conspirators collected so-called evidence of violence and poor welfare by breaking into unit after unit, with scant regard for bio security. In addition to this, their very presence on the units had indeed unduly upset and stressed the sows and their litters…. I. WILKINSON Lincoln. (letter)

4.6.06

HIGHCLERE ROCKS
Sunday Times 4.6.06 Jeremy Clarkson - Volkswagen Transporter Sportline - A couple of weekends ago the Countryside Alliance invited me to a fundraising concert. Of course, I’m not really very sure what the Countryside Alliance is, or does. In fact, come to think of it, I’m not sure what the countryside itself is, or does, either. But this was to be quite a gig. Bryan Ferry was the warm up for a band that had a really rather amazing line-up. You had Eric Clapton, bits of Pink Floyd and a smattering of Genesis. The meat was then drizzled with a spot of Andy Fairweather-Low and served on a bed of Procol Harum…. (story)
Independent 25.5.06 Pandora by Guy Adams - To Jeremy Clarkson's list of bêtes noires - lefties, environmentalists, Piers Morgan, etc. - we can add the animal rights lobby. On Saturday, the Top Gear controversialist did an unexpected "PA" at the Countryside Alliance's Highclere Rocks fundraiser. Despite being a keen pheasant shot, Clarkson has never previously stuck his head above the parapet for the pro-hunting pressure group…. (story)
Times 23.5.06 People with Hugo Rifkind … Was ever an MP more chivalrous than Lembit Opik? On hearing that Kate Hoey, the chairman of the Countryside Alliance, was stranded in Yorkshire and unable to attend their pro-hunting concert at the weekend, the heroic Lib Dem crossed party lines and picked up the Labour MP Hoey in his aircraft. “I was meant to be going as well, but the weather was going to be bad the next day,” says Opik. “I made the ultimate sacrifice by dropping her off and going home.”... (story)
Newbury Weekly News 22.5.06 Highclere Rocks late into the night By Sarah Bosley, Online reporter - Thousands flock to see 'Kings of Rock' in aid of the Countryside Alliance - THOUSANDS bopped until late into the night as music legends rocked Highclere Castle. Saturday's Highclere Rocks event saw Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry and Mike Rutherford topping the bill and with the beautiful Highclere Castle as the backdrop, not even the dismal weather could have dampened spirits…. (story)
Observer 21.5.06 Pendennis - Oliver Marre - The day the music died - Yesterday, I headed to Highclere Castle for Pendennis's latest wild Saturday afternoon pursuit, a one-day music festival in aid of the Countryside Alliance. The line-up included Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton and various other harmless old rockers. Animal Aid, an 'animal rights' campaigning group is upset by the event and released a music video of its own, 'Hunt Generation'… I'm pleased to say that Ferry et al were - if only slightly - better than this. (story)
Newbury Weekly News 19.5.06 Newburytoday’s guide to the pick of the weekend’s events - THE biggest event of the weekend is undoubtedly Highclere Rocks, which brings rock legends together in aid of the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Telegraph 15.5.06 Spy – Celia Walden - Ferry good - The support that Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, has shown in defence of field sports is well known, given his role in the storming of the Commons as it debated the hunting ban in 2004. And his father is demonstrating his commitment to the cause of the countryside, too. There was disappointment last month when the former Roxy Music frontman wasn't included on the bill for a Countryside Alliance benefit concert on May 20 at Highclere Castle… But I am delighted to report that he will now be there…. (story)
Telegraph 15.5.06 The family that protests together… Bryan Ferry and his son Otis are an unusual double act, but both are doing their bit to defend the countryside, they tell Cassandra Jardine… we revert to the safer ground of music and rural matters in the light of Bryan's forthcoming appearance at a rock concert at Highclere Castle in Hampshire to raise funds for the Countryside Alliance. There, he will join a line-up of 1960s and 1970s greats, including Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Georgie Fame, but if there is something comic about these erstwhile wild boys strutting their stuff in support of waders and shotguns, Bryan doesn't see the joke. "In the 1970s, the countryside wasn't an issue," he says. "It wasn't under threat."… For the past two years, Otis has been master of the foxhounds of the South Shropshire, yet, despite the ban, he says, the hunt is more popular than it has been for 100 years…. Bryan's enthusiasm for the countryside is deeply felt, but more temperately expressed. He has had a house in Sussex for 30 years, but he doesn't hunt and he can't even ride. "I'm doing my bit for the Countryside Alliance," he says, "because I don't like the idea of minority interests being persecuted."… (story)
Contactmusic.com 15.5.06 FERRY STICKS UP FOR 'PERSECUTED' COUNTRY DWELLERS - Pop star BRYAN FERRY agreed to headline a fundraising concert for England's Countryside Alliance, because he is outraged by the British government's hunting ban. Ferry, whose son OTIS stormed into the House Of Commons to protest the ban two years ago (04), will join ROGER WATERS and ERIC CLAPTON at the gig this summer (05), which aims to put pressure on the authorities to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs… (story)
Sunday Sun 7.5.06 Rock legends fight hunt ban By Sarah Robertson, The Sunday Sun - In The Who hit My Generation, Roger Daltrey famously sang "Hope I die before I get old." Now, some modern-day musicians might wish he had because of his stance on foxhunting. Daltrey, in his 60s, is part of a star-studded list of former anti-establishment rockers, including North-born Bryan Ferry, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Mike Rutherford of Genesis who are performing at a Countryside Alliance gig… Meanwhile Ferry, the son of a miner, became part of the landed gentry when he married aristocratic model, Lucy Helmore… their son Otis Ferry, who is Master of the Shropshire Hunt and a big Countryside Alliance campaigner…. (story)
Times 1.5.06 Black is back in fashion for store steered by Slowhand BY MARTIN WALLER - CORDINGS of Piccadilly, the traditional gents’ outfitter rescued from collapse by the rock star Eric Clapton three years ago, is about to record its second year back in the black…. Clapton enjoys fishing and shooting. He is among the line-up of stars due to appear in an open-air concert at Highclere Castle, Newbury, on May 20 in support of the Countryside Alliance, which opposes the ban on foxhunting…. (story)
contactmusic 1.5.06 CLAPTON HEADLINES PRO-HUNT CONCERT - ERIC CLAPTON has agreed to headline a controversial seven-hour concert supporting the Countryside Alliance in its fight to lift the ban on fox hunting in the UK. The TEARS IN HEAVEN hitmaker, who is a keen game shooter, will join fellow rockers BRYAN FERRY, PINK FLOYD's ROGER WATERS and NICK MASON, ROGER DALTREY of THE WHO and GENESIS guitarist MIKE RUTHERFORD at the gig at Highclere Castle in Berkshire this summer (06)… (story)
FemaleFirst 1.5.06 Eric Clapton Heads Up Pro-hunt Concert - ERIC CLAPTON has agreed to headline a controversial seven-hour concert supporting the Countryside Alliance in its fight to lift the ban on fox hunting in the UK. The TEARS IN HEAVEN hitmaker, who is a keen game shooter, will join fellow rockers BRYAN FERRY, PINK FLOYD's ROGER WATERS and NICK MASON, ROGER DALTREY of THE WHO and GENESIS guitarist MIKE RUTHERFORD at the gig at Highclere Castle in Berkshire this summer (06)…. (story)
Newbury Weekly News 19.4.06 Ferry joins Highclere Castle line-up - Bryan Ferry joins rock legends for Countryside Alliance gig - BRYAN Ferry has joined the line-up for a rural rock benefit gig at Highclere Castle. Rock legends including Eric Clapton and Roger Waters will play the castle on May 20, bringing together the driving forces behind Roxy Music, Cream and Pink Floyd…. (story)
Politics.co.uk 13.4.06 Countryside Alliance: Ferry joins Clapton and Waters for rock benefit - Bryan Ferry has joined Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and many others on the bill for rural rock benefit concert ‘Highclere Rocks’ on 20st May at Highclere Castle, near Newbury… The concert is in aid of the Countryside Alliance and tickets are £75 available for tickets and information go to 0871 919 8321 or look online at: www.countryside-alliance.org/highclere (story)
Western Morning News 17.3.06 ROCKING ON TO FIGHT HUNT BAN - Country sports will get a massive financial boost from an unlikely source this year. Some of the biggest names from the rock and roll hall of fame have signed up for a concert in aid of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance. As star-studded fundraising concerts go, things do not get much starrier than the likes of guitarist Eric Clapton, Cornwall resident Roger Taylor of Queen, Who singer Roger Daltrey and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. The concert will also feature Waters' Pink Floyd bandmate Nick Mason, Georgie Fame, Mike Rutherford, Andy Fairweather Low, Paul Carrack and Gary Brooker. They are on the bill for the £75 a head Picnic Concert being held in May at the stunning Highclere Castle, near Newbury, in Berkshire…. (story)
Western Morning News 17.3.06 THE STARS WHO LOVE THE WEST - If organisers of May's concert in aid of the Countryside Alliance had decided to restrict the billing to rock stars who have settled in the Westcountry they would still have a memorable billing… (story)
Western Daily Press 16.3.06 THE COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE - When some of the biggest names from rock's last 40 years come together in the name of charity, they can move mountains for a good cause. And that is just what Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, Roger Taylor and West-based Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason hope to achieve after signing up for a massive charity concert in May. But what is the good cause the members of The Who, Queen and Pink Floyd have felt moved to support? But no, it is not African famine, ending poverty or disaster relief - it is foxhunting. And yesterday their decision to sign up to the hunting cause was met with equal outrage and jubilation from opposing sides of the debate…. Roger Waters has long been a Countryside Alliance supporter, and appeared at a benefit gig in 2002…. (story)
Gigwise 14.3.06 Pink Floyd Legends To Play Gig For Pro-Hunt Campaigners - A host of ageing rock legends are set to take part in a gig in support of pro-hunt lobbying group The Countryside Alliance…. The event will take place on May 20 at Highclere Rocks, Berkshire with tickets costing £75 according to Ananova. (story)
Brain Damage 13.3.06 WATERS & MASON PLAYING C.A. BENEFIT AT CASTLE - It has been announced that Roger Waters and Nick Mason will be participating in an upcoming show to benefit the UK's Countryside Alliance (CA). The show, Highclere Rocks, is being held at the castle of the same name in the Berkshire countryside on Saturday, May 20th. It is being billed as a "picnic concert", running from 4pm until 11pm, and features The Band Du Lac - made up of Gary Brooker, Mike Rutherford, Andy Fairweather Low and Paul Carrack. Roger and Nick are amongst the special guests at the show, alongside other musical luminaries such as Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame (who appears on David Gilmour's On An Island album), Roger Daltrey, and Roger Taylor… (story)

MORRISSEY THREATENS LAB WORKERS
The Times 4.6.06 The Sunday Times – Comment - Jasper Gerard - Why has Morrissey not been arrested for inciting terrorism? Between singing a couple of his chirpy little songs in Oxford last week, he warned workers at a new animal research centre…. When he warbled “meat is murder”, he had a point; but if he is saying, as he now seems to be, that vivisectionists “should be vivisected upon”, shouldn’t he be doing porridge? (story)
NME 1.6.06 Morrissey attacks Oxford lab - Morrissey has criticised an animal testing laboratory in Oxford. The singer, who recently refused to play a series of dates in Canada in protest against the country's annual seal hunt, vented his anger over the development of the lab at the city's University during a recent gig at the New Theatre…. (story)
Manchester Evening News 31.5.06 We'll get you, Morrissey warns lab staff by david ottewell - MUSIC legend Morrissey has branded Oxford "the shame of England" for becoming home to an animal research laboratory…. (story)
Swindon Advertiser 31.5.06 Morrissey’s warning to vivisection supporters - CULT singer Morrissey has waded into the controversy over the new Oxford animal research laboratory by warning those working on the site "we'll get you."… (story)
Independent 31.5.06 We'll get you, Morrissey warns animal lab workers By Aislinn Simpson - The singer Morrissey has entered the controversy over the new Oxford animal research laboratory by warning those working on the site: "We'll get you". The former Smiths frontman used a concert at the city's New Theatre last Thursday night to condemn the £20m biomedical research laboratory site currently under construction in South Parks Road…. (story)
Oxford Mail 29.5.06 Star launches attack over lab By Tim Hughes - Cult singer-songwriter Morrissey branded Oxford "the shame of England" in an attack on Oxford University's controversial animal res- earch lab. The pop star spoke out against the laboratory, being constructed in South Parks Road, during a show at the New Theatre. The musician, a strict vegan and animal rights advocate, also issued a warning to anyone planning to work at the laboratory. "Make no mistake," he told the audience at the packed theatre, "for anyone working in the labs, we are going to get you."….. (story)

MRC CALLS FOR BAN ON TESTING ON GREAT APES TO BE LIFTED
Independent on Sunday 4.6.06 Leave our apes alone - Conservationists resist call for medical experiments on primates By Jonathan Owen and Geoffrey Lean - Medical experiments on great apes are inhumane and unethical, world experts on the animals insisted yesterday, in the face of an attempt to lift a British ban on them. The wildlife television presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton and primatologist Jane Goodall are fighting back against a proposal by Professor Colin Blakemore, the head of the official Medical Research Council, that the eight-year-old ban on using the apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos - should be lifted in a global health emergency. Sir David Attenborough has also come out against the testing…. (story)
Telegraph 3.6.06 Medical tests on great apes should not be banned, says research chief By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent - Great apes might have to be used in animal experiments, leading medical researchers said yesterday. Professor Colin Blakemore, chief executive of the Medical Research Council, said that while there was no current need for experiments on chimpanzees, gorillas or orangutans, their use in future should not be ruled out…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.6.06 Testing on apes 'might be needed' - Ministers should not rule out the possibility of allowing apes to be used in experiments, the head of the Medical Research Council has said… (story)
Independent 3.6.06 Scientists 'should be allowed to test on apes' By Steve Connor, Science Editor - The ban on using chimpanzees and other great apes in scientific experiments should be relaxed in a global health emergency, the head of the Medical Research Council (MRC) has said. Colin Blakemore, an outspoken advocate of animal experiments, said that the existing ban on great apes makes no moral sense because it degrades the clear boundary between humans and animals…. (story)
Times 3.6.06 Vivisection on great apes justified, says top scientist BY MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE EDITOR - THE blanket ban on experiments involving great apes is too restrictive to science and should be revised, a senior medical researcher said yesterday… (story)

Sunday Telegraph 4.6.06 RSPCA blunder puts deadly predator into crayfish haven By David Harrison - No doubt it seemed the right thing to do at the time. When an RSPCA officer stumbled across a live crayfish in a suburban drain, he took it to an internationally recognised crayfish reserve. In fact, it was the worst thing he could have done. The crayfish is a vicious, red-clawed American predator that has almost wiped out the smaller, gentler native species since it was introduced to Britain 35 years ago… The Countryside Alliance said it would report the society to the police and urge them to prosecute under the Wildlife and Countryside Act…. (story)

Sunday Post 4.6.06 End this cruel trade - DELIGHTED TO learn Struan Stevenson has convinced Chinese officials that the trade in cat and dog fur is barbaric and should be stamped out…. Ruth Chambers, Uddingston. (letter on site for a week)

3.6.06

NATIONAL TRUST MAY ALLOW STAG HUNTING
Guardian 3.6.06 Corrections and clarifications - A headline implied that the National Trust had a policy to reintroduce hunting deer with dogs which was subsequently reversed under pressure… The trust's 1997 ban on hunting with dogs applied only to deer and not to all forms of huntings, as we said in a previous article, National Trust may relax ban on deer hunts using its land (story)
Western Morning News 1.6.06 TRUST DROPS BAN ON DEER HUNTING - The National Trust has agreed to allow hounds to hunt deer on its land again, nearly a decade after it brought in a ban on stag and deer hunting…. Alison Hawes, South West regional director of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, said: "This is a step forward. It is nice to see that organisations like the National Trust are looking at the hunting issue and that common sense is beginning to prevail."… (story)
Western Morning News 1.6.06 RECONSIDERING THE HUNT BAN? - There is a certain irony in the decision of the National Trust to reconsider its ban on hunting with dogs because it believes using hounds to flush deer to be shot might be a more humane way of dealing with sick and injured animals. It was, after all, the NT's original decision to outlaw hunting on its land nearly ten years ago that set the scene for the Government ban which followed in 2004…. Stripping away all the emotion from the hunting argument is almost impossible. But the hunts have always argued that while chasing fox, deer or hare with a pack of hounds might not be the most efficient way of killing prey species it does offer a form of natural selection which generally means the weaker animals are culled and the stronger survive. For anyone genuinely concerned about animal welfare that might well, in time, turn out to be a compelling argument in favour of bringing back hunting (story)
Somerset County Gazette 1.6.06 Hunting ban will not be lifted By >Chris Alder - By >Chris Alder… A statement issued by the trust's Wessex regional spokesman, Alex Brannen, said: "Contrary to recent press reports, the National Trust's board of trustees has decided exempt hunting of deer, as practised by the local hunt in the area, should not be permitted on its Holnicote Estate."… But he said in exceptional cases when a clearly injured or sick deer was found on adjacent property during exempt hunting and crosses onto the Trust's land before it can be despatched, the minimum number of hunt staff necessary to kill the deer humanely would be allowed onto Trust property to enable the animal to be killed as soon as possible…. (story)
Guardian 1.6.06 National Trust backs down over plan to revive deer hunting - Rob Evans and Rich Cookson - The National Trust yesterday abandoned plans to allow the hunting of deer with dogs to be restarted on its land, after criticism from anti-hunt campaigners…. Yesterday the National Trust conceded it could not be "100% certain" the hunts would obey the act, saying the monitoring would have needed to be "fairly elaborate"…. (story)
Telegraph 1.6.06 Trust's policy - The National Trust's position on hunting has not changed in the way you suggest. What is described as "a major change of policy" is in fact a very narrow proposal - applying only to the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor - to help us deal as humanely as possible with exceptional cases where clearly sick or injured deer are found by hunts on adjacent land and cross into National Trust property…. Sir William Proby Bt Chairman, The National Trust, Swindon, Wilts (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.5.06 NT COULD LIFT HUNTING BAN - The National Trust is considering lifting a six-year ban on staghunting. The trust, which owns vast expanses of land across the region, has set up a working group to look into the move…. (story)
Telegraph 31.5.06 National Trust plans to bring back hunting with hounds By Richard Alleyne - The National Trust reignited the row over field sports yesterday by proposing to allow hunts to cull deer on its land…. Tom Yandle, the chairman of the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds, said: "Obviously my view is that they should never have banned it in the first place." (story)
BBC News Online 31.5.06 Trust mulls 'deer hunting' return - Deer hunting with hounds may be allowed on National Trust sites as the best way to deal with sick and injured animals…. (story)
Guardian 30.5.06 National Trust may relax ban on deer hunts using its land - Rich Cookson and Rob Evans - The National Trust is considering reversing its ban and permitting the hunting of deer with dogs on its land once again, the Guardian has learned. The trust says the hunts will be allowed to use the dogs only to flush out deer so they can be shot, in keeping with the act passed two years ago to curtail hunting. But anti-hunting groups say that hunts could not be trusted to stay within the law because hundreds of them across the country are already repeatedly breaching the act every week and are continuing to chase foxes and deer as they always did…. (story)
Western Morning News 30.5.06 NATIONAL TRUST CONSIDERS LIFTING BAN ON STAGHUNTING - The National Trust is considering lifting a six-year ban on staghunting. The trust, which owns vast expanses of land across the region, has set up a working group to address the issue…. If a decision is made to lift the ban then it is likely to spark anger among such groups as Animal Aid and the League Against Cruel Sports… Nick Gibbons, chairman of the Quantock Staghounds in Somerset, said: "I would welcome it if the ban were lifted... (story)
Manchester Evening News 30.5.06 National Trust 'could allow deer hunting' - THE National Trust is looking at allowing the hunting of deer with dogs on its land - to deal with the problem of sick and injured deer… (story)
Western Daily Press 27.5.06 NATIONAL TRUST IN HUNTING ROW BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - A Bitter clash is looming as the National Trust revealed it may once again allow stag- hunting on its land. Chiefs at the conservation charity say they may approve a partial lifting of the ban it brought in six years ago after huge internal turmoil. They argue it would only be a minor change - huntsmen would be allowed on to their land to deal swiftly with "sick and injured" deer. But anti-hunt campaigners claim it would allow staghunting in by the back door and say they will fight the change…. (story)
Western Daily Press 27.5.06 A STAGGERING U-TURN ON HUNTING BY TRISTAN CORK TC.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - The National Trust is set to reignite the most bitter debate of the hunting war - by allowing staghunting on its land once again, it emerged yesterday…. National Trust spokesman Julian Lloyd said: "There is only one issue that is being looked at, which is the possible use of exempt hunting as a means of dealing with sick and injured deer on National Trust land….. Paul Tillesley, who runs the League Against Cruel Sports' deer sanctuaries on Exmoor, said he was disturbed at the news. "It's such an important issue that they have to put it to their members."… (story)

Leicester Mercury 3.6.06 THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO VISIT AGRICULTURAL SHOW - Up to 10,000 people are expected to enjoy the 174th Rutland County Show tomorrow…. There will be shows for cattle, sheep and horses, a variety of trade stands and a parade of the hounds from Cottesmore Hunt… (story)

Western Daily Press 3.6.06 TRUST CANNOT ALLOW HUNTING - Who is running the National Trust? Bloodsports supporters it seems, over the years having infiltrated the National Trust councils by suppressing this fact, and depriving the ordinary members of the right to vote with knowledge of what candidates stood for. Now we hear that the National Trust may allow deer-hunting again, chasing supposedly old, sick or wounded deer for hours which so-called marksmen cannot reach… Mr D Thomas Hisomley Wiltshire (letter)

North West Evening Mail 3.6.06 OUTCRY AFTER PHEASANT SHED GETS GREEN LIGHT - SOUTH Lakeland councillors have “blood on their hands” according to animal rights campaigners, after giving the go- ahead for a new pheasant shed to be built with room for 15,000 game birds. There are also concerns that the development at Nook Farm, Colthouse Lane, Ulverston, will bring smells, flies and rats to the area. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said: “They’ve got blood on their hands these councillors — we are disgusted by this news…. (story)

Dundee Courier 3.6.06 Salmon campaign - I am writing to let your readers know about our campaign to save Scotland’s wild salmon and sea-trout… We plan to hold a UK-wide ‘Action Hour’ on the morning of Saturday, October 14, from 11 am to noon when our supporters will hand out leaflets in front of supermarkets expressing our concerns to shoppers…. Bruce Sandison, Chairman, The Salmon Farm Protest Group. Hysbackie, Tongue by Lairg, Sutherland. (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 3.6.06 Use of alternative drug tests must be explored - AN independent investigation into adverse drug reactions (ADRs) is long overdue… Many newly approved drugs are withdrawn or re-labelled due to unpredicted side effects in humans yet all are deemed safe through experimentation on animals…. Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Western Daily Press 3.6.06 ALL TRADING IN VEAL IS CRUEL - I Reply to "Hypocrisy of veal protesters" (John Tuck, May 29). I am pleased Mr Tuck dislikes live export of animals for slaughter as much as Joanna Lumley and myself… I fail to understand why Mr Tuck states he smells a whiff of hypocrisy and a definite bias against the British farmer in our protestations - as if any whiff of us and them was not intended…. J Hall Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.5.06 HYPOCRISY OF THE VEAL PROTESTERS - Joanna Lumley (Your Say, May 24) and J Hall on May 22, both object to the export of calves for rearing for veal. For 10 years it has not been possible to export calves from this country to the Continent, but that doesn't mean that for 10 years veal eaters have been deprived… In the last 10 years, have the campaigners gone to veal farms in northern Europe to protest against the import of calves from the East? Have they picketed the docks where veal is imported into this country, or the retailers where it is sold?... I dislike the live export of animals for slaughter as much as Ms Lumley and Hall, but in their protestations I smell a whiff of hypocrisy and a definite bias against the British farmer. John Tuck Wootton Bassett Wiltshire (letter)

Western Morning News 3.6.06 HEATHER'S ATTACK MAKES LITTLE SENSE - Your forthright criticism of Heather Mills McCartney's scaremongering about the health effects of milk and dairy products will be a godsend for many parents whose teenage children might be influenced by the former model. Her extreme vegan views are unsupported by mainstream medical practitioners…. Martin Bell, Port Isaac
IF Heather Mills' remarks are so wide of the mark why is it that from September schools are to be banned from serving whole milk (97 per cent fat free) to children as part of the offensive against obesity… Once weaned the human race shouldn't need milk. Tony Jago, Falmouth (letters)

Burton Mail 3.6.06 Tragedy of bear still continues by Katherine Gibson - ANIMAL rights campaigners have called on families to boycott one of the country’s most controversial circuses because of its continuing use of performing animals. Peter Jolly’s Circus will be performing tonight in Ashby Road, Packington, near Ashby. … CAPS campaign manager Craig Redmond said: "Animal circuses have become increasingly unpopular due to concern at the way in which the animals are transported… (story)

2.6.06

Hexham Courant 2.6.06 Terrier show - TYNEDALE Hunt Supporters held their annual terrier show at Spital Farm, Horsley, and was well attended by competitors and supporters…. (story)

Western Daily Press 2.6.06 SIGN PETITION TO SUPPORT RESEARCH - H Nicholas has a distorted view of medical research using animals (Your Say May 26, ). Research in the UK is perhaps the most tightly regulated in the world, with three licenses required for each study, regular - and often unannounced - inspections by the Home Office, and a legal and moral requirement that, where non-animal methods are available, they must be used…. I agree that we should all stand up and be counted, and so do nearly 20,000 others who have already signed the People's Petition… Jo Tanner Chief executive Coalition for Medical Progress Hamilton House Mabeldon Place London WC1H 9BB (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.5.06 DOUBLE STANDARDS ON ANIMAL CARE - We seem in many respects to have double standards. While loving our dogs and cats in our homes, we turn a blind eye to the abuse that these same animals receive in the name of science. Why don't scientists show us the experiments they carry out, and why does the general public not demand their rights to see them?... H Nicholas Cirencester (letter)

Guardian 2.6.06 Truth transplanted - Colleen McDuling's criticism of animal experiments (Letters, June 1) omits important facts on the development of transplant surgery. The heart operations she refers to were only made possible thanks to experiments using dogs that were undertaken by Dr Norman Shumway and colleagues at Stanford University in the late 1950s and 1960s…. Paul Browne, Cambridge (story)
Guardian 1.6.06 Animal testing is not the answer - Having been part of the heart transplant team trained by Professor Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa, I must disagree with Robert Winston on the role of animal experiments… Using animals in research represents unsafe science because one cannot safely apply data obtained from them to humans. Colleen McDuling, Sevenoaks, Kent
For someone who professes to have a special interest in evolution, Robert Winston should know better than to engage in such shameless anthropocentricity…. the real issue is not over how cruel these experiments are but over the fact that we impose them on non-consenting animals, for our own benefit…. Hugh Dower, York (letters)

Grimsby Telegraph 2.6.06 INTENSIVE FARMING OF DUCKS - Ihave recently become aware of the shameful conditions on duck farms supplying major supermarkets. Animal group Viva! has filmed ducks crammed into dirty sheds in their thousands…. M Nesbit, Abbey Road, Grimsby. (letter)

1.6.06

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST BUCCLEUCH HUNTSMAN
BBC News Online 1.6.06 Hunting law 'full of loopholes' - The SSPCA has described the law banning hunting with dogs as full of loopholes and difficult to implement. The claim followed a decision on Tuesday to drop a case against Trevor Adams from the Duke of Buccleuch foxhounds…. (story)
Scotsman 31.5.06 Charges dropped against huntsman - ROB FAIRBURN - ONE of Scotland's leading huntsmen spoke of his relief yesterday after a charge of flouting the ban on hunting with dogs was dropped. Trevor Adams, 47, had feared that he faced a second lengthy legal battle to clear his name after being accused of deliberately using hounds to hunt a fox. In December 2004, he became the first huntsman to stand trial charged with breaking the ban… A year later, police again charged the hounds master of Scotland's largest hunt, the Buccleuch, following complaints by members of the public…. However, the Borders procurator-fiscal, Graham Fraser, has confirmed that he will be taking no further proceedings…. (story)
BBC News Online 30.5.06 Hunting with dogs charge dropped - A second attempt to prosecute a Borders huntsman on a charge of hunting with dogs has been dropped. Trevor Adams, 47, was acquitted in the first Scottish trial of its kind in 2004 but charged again a year later….(story)
Daily Record 20.12.05 MAN ON NEW FOX CHARGE - A MAN cleared of fox-hunting charges a year ago has been reported to the police for a similar offence… (story)
Scotsman 20.12.05 Master on new foxhunting charge – SHAN ROSS - ONE of Scotland's leading huntsmen, who was cleared of foxhunting charges a year ago in a landmark legal case, has again been charged with leading a hunt with the intention of killing a fox. Trevor Adams, 47, joint master of the Duke of Buccleuch Foxhounds, Scotland's largest hunt, was found not guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court last December of breaching anti-hunt legislation. Last night, a spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed that Mr Adams had been charged over an incident on a farm near Kelso on 10 October…. (story)
icScotland 20.12.05 Cleared huntsman on new charge - A huntsman cleared of fox-hunting charges a year ago has again been reported to the police for the offence… (story)
BBC News Online 19.12.05 Man faces new fox hunting charge - A huntsman has been charged with breaking anti-hunt legislation a year after being cleared in a similar case. Trevor Adams, Master of the Buccleuch Foxhounds, allegedly contravened the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002…. (story)
Scotsman 19.12.05 Cleared huntsman on new charge - A huntsman cleared of fox-hunting charges a year ago has again been reported to the police for the offence. Trevor Adams, master of the Duke of Buccleuch Foxhounds, was found not guilty of breaching anti-hunt legislation following a trial last December. He has now been charged over an incident on a farm near Kelso on October 10. A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Between 10am and 12pm it is alleged that the Buccleugh foxhounds were seen by witnesses to pursue a fox across an open field before it was killed…" (story)

Times 1.6.06 An Act of singular ingenuity BY BRUCE ANDERSON - IT IS TIME to apologise. The Government has been proved triumphantly right; its critics, including me, humiliatingly wrong. It is now clear that the Bill to ban hunting was not only new Labour’s most successful piece of domestic legislation. It is one of the best Acts of Parliament promoted by any postwar government. Consider the position of hunting ten years ago. There were problems … It is true that ostensibly the Government brought forward a Bill to prohibit hunting. But any Labour backbencher who was deceived by this must have been as dim as John Prescott. … by turning hunting into a question of civil liberty, it enabled the hunts to win back public support. Hunting is more popular than it has been since polling began. There are even reports that the National Trust will start to live up to its name, and lift the ban… (story)

GOVERNMENT MAY ALLOW BOAR HUNTING
North Devon Journal 1.6.06 WILD BOAR CULL POSSIBLE - Wild boar hunting could soon be reintroduced as a sport to help boost the rural economy…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.5.06 BOAR HUNTING 'COULD RETURN' - Wild boar hunting could soon be reintroduced to help boost the rural economy. The news comes after a Government report revealed a public consultation had found many people would back such a move… However, the people interviewed said they would not support a total eradication of the animal. According to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, such a proposal is futile as boar are now too widespread… (story)
Argus 31.5.06 Poll backs return of boar hunting by Miles Godfrey - A campaign for the return of the sport of boar hunting has been given a boost after a Government consultation revealed there was overwhelming public support…. (story in archive)
Telegraph 31.5.06 Forget foxes, get set to hunt boar By Richard Alleyne - The Government that banned fox and deer hunting was yesterday considering the re-introduction of another traditional field sport. New laws are expected later this year that could allow sportsmen and women to hunt wild boar with high-powered rifles…. (story)
Independent 30.5.06 Boar hunting may become legal again after 300 years By Andy McSmith - The government that banned fox hunting has moved a step closer yesterday to reintroducing a blood sport that died out in Britain during the reign of the Stuarts. Legislation is expected later this year that would allow sportsmen and women armed with high-powered rifles to go into the woods of Kent and other parts of southern England in pursuit of the wild boar…. (story)
Western Morning News 30.5.06 PUBLIC SUPPORT COULD LEAD TO WILD BOAR CULL - Wild boar hunting could soon be reintroduced as a sport to help boost the rural economy. The news comes after a government report revealed that a public consultation found many people would back such a move… However, the people interviewed said they would not support a total eradication of the animal. According to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, such a proposal was futile as boar were now too widespread(story)
Times 29.5.06 Hunts could end rise of wild boar BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - The return of boar hunting as a sport to help the rural economy in Britain is given a boost today after a government consultation. About 80 per cent of people and countryside organisations have said that they are in favour of wild boar being killed to protect human safety and prevent damage to native plants such as bluebells that thrive in woodland areas inhabited by the animals…. (story)
Western Daily Press 29.5.06 GUNS ARE OUT FOR THE WILD BOAR OF THE WEST BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - They have made an astonishing comeback to the woods and forests of the West after a 350-year absence. But now time maly be running out for the wild boar - the Government has them in its sights. Defra appears ready to order a managed culling of the animals after a consultation exercise with those affected revealed a massive majority in favour of getting out the guns…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 1.6.06 BILL, 83, IS REMARKABLE COUNTRYMAN - "YES, Bill Tucker would make a good subject for your column," declared the regular Cornish Guardian reader and, of course, he's right. Bill Tucker, in his 84th year, though is not the easiest man to interview…. Bill and I talked over coffee in a room dominated by a painting of him in his pink hunting jacket on horseback with hounds below Roughtor on the fringe of Bodmin Moor. "That was a gift from the North Cornwall Hunt," he explained. He was Joint Master from 1974 until 1979 and Master from 1979 until 1981…. (story)

The Sentinel 1.6.06 STAFFORDSHIRE'S FINEST PULLS IN THE CROWDS - JON BAMBER - They came in their thousands for the opening day of this year's Staffordshire County Show. The crowds around the Main Ring at the county showground were six-deep as show-goers marvelled at the Royal Artillery Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display team and Staffordshire's very own JCB Dancing Diggers. They were also entertained by showjumping, a parade of hounds and beagles and a host of vintage agricultural machinery…. (story)
The Sentinel 31.5.06 CROWDS OUT IN FORCE FOR COUNTY SHOW'S FIRST DAY - JON BAMBER - Thousands of people today converged on Stafford for the first day of this year's County Show…. The Main Ring programme at the Weston Road showground includes the JCB Dancing Diggers, the Royal Artillery Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display Team, a parade of hounds and beagles featuring up to five packs on each day of the show… (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 31.5.06 Sunny start to big show - Thousands of people flocked to Stafford today to enjoy the first day of the county's biggest agricultural show of the year. Sunny skies marked the opening of the annual Staffordshire County Show today as the gates opened on the two-day celebration of farming and country pursuits…. Visitors today enjoyed a host of entertainment in the main ring, including the Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display Team, JCB Dancing Diggers, a parade of hounds and beagles, vintage agricultural machinery, plus the grand parade of livestock and horses…. (story)

Telegraph 1.6.06 So it is wrong to hunt foxes, but it is perfectly acceptable for a member of the public to keep two leopards in 12ft cages. J. Bloor, Haslemere, Surrey (letter)

Western Daily Press 1.6.06 BACK-TRACKING - I Was sorry to read the National Trust have had a change of heart regarding allowing stag hunts on its land. I share the view of your Opinion column, and should the National Trust have the hunt on its land, my cash will go elsewhere… Pamela Dean Whiteshill Gloucestershire (letter)

TAIL DOCKING BAN
Daily Record 1.6.06 DOCKING OF DOGS' TAILS IS BANNED - PUPPY power came to parliament yesterday when protesters tried to ease the ban on the docking of dogs' tails. They wanted working dogs exempt from a ban. Around 100 gamekeepers and their supporters - with 40 working dogs and pups - staged a demo outside Holyrood… (story)
Scotsman 1.6.06 Gamekeepers' anger over ban on docking dogs' tails - THE docking of all dogs' tails was outlawed in Scotland yesterday, causing outrage among gamekeepers. The Scottish Parliament voted to end the practice as part of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. However, Rhona Brankin, the deputy environment minister, said working gundogs would be exempt if it could be proved leaving their tails long was dangerous to the animals…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 1.6.06 Tail-docking banned in tough new animals law - ROBBIE DINWOODIE, Chief Scottish Political Correspondent - Tougher laws on neglecting animals were passed by MSPs yesterday, updating rules on neglect dating back almost a century. The countryside lobby's complaints about the docking of working dogs' tails were taken into account by an agreement to put this into secondary legislation which could be amended later but the ban went through on the basis of support from vets…. (story)
icScotland 31.5.06 Campaigners protest docking plan - Campaigners fighting a total ban on the docking of dogs' tails mounted a protest outside parliament ahead of a debate on new animal welfare laws…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 31.5.06 Gamekeepers stage docking ban protest - CAMPAIGNERS fighting a total ban on the docking of dogs' tails were mounting a last-ditch protest today as MSPs debated new animal welfare laws. The Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill - which outlaws the tail docking - was set to pass its final parliamentary hurdle today. Members of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) are fighting the outright ban and were staging a demonstration outside Holyrood, demanding the Scottish Executive exclude working dogs…. (story)
Scotsman 31.5.06 Duchess urges MSPs to ban tail-docking - THE Duchess of Hamilton has written to every MSP, urging them to ban the docking of all dogs' tails…. BBC News Online 31.5.06 MSPs set to ban dog tail docking - Countryside campaigners are to launch a final bid to prevent a ban in Scotland on docking the tails of working dogs….(story)
Edinburgh Evening News 30.5.06 Border ban bid on tail docking - ENVIRONMENT Minister Ross Finnie is proposing a Border ban to stop dog breeders dodging a new prohibition on tail docking. The Scottish Parliament is tomorrow expected to back a Bill outlawing the controversial practice… Now Mr Finnie wants to make it an offence for breeders from Scotland to take animals across the Border to England for their tails to be docked… (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 1.6.06 'Ban lead weights – to end suffering' - BY KATIE BALDWIN - AN animal charity has called for a ban on lead fishing weights after a swan was found suffering from lead poisoning at a beauty spot. Yorkshire Swan Rescue Service, which is looking after the animal, is calling for the move to prevent other birds being harmed…. Dan Sidley, co-founder of the charity, said: "We went along and we could see which swan it was – it was looking really bad… (story)
BBC News Online 3.6.06 Call for lead fishing weight ban - A swan rescue centre has called for lead fishing weights to be banned after finding a poisoned bird in a West Yorkshire park. A member of the public spotted the sick bird at Yeadon Tarn Park and contacted Yorkshire Swan Rescue Service… Spokesman for the service Dan Sidley said lead poisoning attacks the muscles and nervous systems of the birds… (story)

GLADYS HAMMOND REBURIED
Sun 1.6.06 'Dug up' Gladys reburied By JOHN SCOTT - THE body of an elderly woman dug up by animal rights thugs was reburied yesterday. Relatives of 82-year-old Gladys Hammond saw her remains put back in the churchyard where she was originally buried nine years ago…. (story)
Mirror 1.6.06 GLADYS IS REBURIED - THE body of an OAP dug up by animal rights activists was reburied in the same churchyard yesterday. The remains of 82-year-old Gladys Hammond, stolen in October 2004, were recovered by police earlier this month… (story)
Scotsman 1.6.06 Body dug up by animal rights trio is reburied - THE body of a pensioner dug up by animal rights activists was returned to her original resting place in a private funeral yesterday… (story)
Lichfield Post 1.6.06 Gladys returned to her resting place - The body of Gladys Hammond was reburied in her original grave at St Peter's Churchyard, Yoxall yesterday (Wednesday), following a moving family service…. (story)
Birmingham Mail 1.6.06 Grave rob OAP laid to rest - PENSIONER Gladys Hammond, whose body was dug up by animal rights activists, was returned to her original resting place in a poignant funeral service…. (story)
Burton Mail 1.6.06 REST IN PEACE by Keith Bull - A PENSIONER whose remains were stolen from her grave by animal rights activists is 'at peace again' after her body was reinterred at its original resting place. Gladys Hammond was reburied in a private ceremony at St Peter’s Church in Yoxall, nearly nine years after her first funeral, and 18 months after her remains were stolen…. (story)
Lichfield Mercury 1.6.06 AT PEACE AT LAST - The body of Mrs Gladys Hammond, which was stolen by animal rights protestors over 18 months ago, was returned to its rightful resting place this week… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 1.6.06 RETURNED TO HER PLACE OF REST BY MELISSA BECK - Relatives of a grandmother whose remains were stolen by animal rights activists have laid her to rest for a second time. Gladys Hammond's remains were interred at the church of St Peter in Yoxall yesterday - almost nine years to the day that she was first buried there on May 28, 1997… (story)
Telegraph 1.6.06 Family buries grave raid woman for a second time By Nick Britten - An entire village stopped to pay its respects yesterday as a woman whose body was stolen from her grave by animal rights extremists was reburied. Almost nine years to the day she was originally laid to rest, Gladys Hammond, 82, was re-interred during a brief ceremony… (story)
Guardian 1.6.06 Woman whose remains were stolen reburied in same grave - The reading from St Mark's gospel told of the bewilderment of Mary Magdalene and her friends when they found the tomb of Jesus empty on the first Easter morning. Then the body of Gladys Hammond was laid again in the grave in a Staffordshire country churchyard from which it had been snatched by animal rights activists at dead of night in October 2004…. (story)
Times 1.6.06 Remains reburied - Gladys Hammond, whose remains were dug up and taken from a churchyard in Staffordshire 18 months ago by animal rights extremists, was reburied in bright sunshine at St Peter’s Church, Yoxall…. (story)
Times 31.5.06 The remains of Gladys Hammond, 82, were today reburied in a churchyard, nearly two years after they were dug up by animal rights extremists…. (story)
BBC News Online 31.5.06 Reburial of grandmother's remains - The body of a grandmother whose remains were stolen by animal rights extremists has been reburied in Staffordshire. Gladys Hammond was re-interred in her original grave at St Peter's Churchyard in Yoxall following a church service for family and friends…. (story)
Guardian 31.5.06 Pensioner's body reburied after animal rights graverobbing - The body of an elderly woman stolen from her grave by animal rights activists was reburied today more than nine years after she was originally laid to rest. Relatives of Gladys Hammond gathered at St Peter's church in Yoxall, Staffordshire, to see her remains reinterred 18 months after her body was removed from the churchyard…. (story)
Reuters 31.5.06 Grandmother whose grave was desecrated is reburied - Gladys Hammond, the grandmother whose grave was desecrated in one of the country's most infamous episodes of animal rights extremism, was reburied on Wednesday…. (story)
Stafford Post 31.5.06 Pensioner to rest in peace - THE body of an 82-year-old Midland pensioner stolen by animal rights activists will be returned to its original resting place today. Almost nine years to the day when she was buried on May 28, 1997, Gladys Hammond will be reburied at St Peter's Church in Yoxall, Staffordshire…. (story)
Burton Mail 31.5.06 Pensioner's remains due to be reinterred by David Powles - THE BODY of a pensioner whose remains were stolen from her grave by animal rights extremists was due to be reinterred at a ceremony today. A private burial ceremony for Gladys Hammond, 82, was being held at St Peter’s Church, in Yoxall, attended by close family and friends only — almost nine years to the day since her funeral…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 31.5.06 Exhumed pensioner to be buried - THE body of pensioner Gladys Hammond, left, who was dug up by animal rights activists, was to be reburied today, almost nine years after she was originally laid to rest… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 31.5.06 GLADYS IS LAID TO REST AT LAST - The body of Gladys Hammond will finally be laid to rest in Yoxall today during a private ceremony…. (story)
BBC News Online 31.5.06 Reburial for grandmother remains - The body of a grandmother whose remains were stolen by animal rights extremists will be reburied in Staffordshire on Wednesday morning. Gladys Hammond will be re-interred in her original grave at St Peter's Churchyard in Yoxall…. (story)
Lichfield Mercury 25.5.06 GLADYS HAMMOND REBURIAL - The body of Mrs Gladys Hammond, stolen from a Yoxall grave by animal rights extremists over 18 months ago, will be reburied next week…. (story)
Mirror 23.5.06 GLADYS REBURIED - THE body of Gladys Hammond, 82, dug up by animal rights activists will be re-buried at St Peter's, Yoxall, next week (story)
Birmingham Mail 23.5.06 Remains of grave-rob OAP to be re-buried - THE body of a Staffordshire pensioner dug up by animal rights activists will be re-buried next week. The remains of Gladys Hammond will be returned to her original grave, where she was buried nine years ago, at St Peter's Church, in Yoxall…. (story)
Burton Mail 23.5.06 SIMPLE SERVICE WILL SEE GLADYS LAID TO REST by David Powles - THE BODY of Gladys Hammond, 82, whose remains were stolen from her grave by animal rights protesters, is to be reinterred into her rightful resting place - almost nine years to the day of her original burial…. (story)
Western Daily Press 23.5.06 REBURIAL FOR PENSIONER - The body of a pensioner who was dug up by animal rights activists will be re-buried next week. The remains of Gladys Hammond will be returned to her original grave at St Peter's Church, in Yoxall, Staffordshire, on May 31…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 23.5.06 RETURNING HER TO PEACE BY PAULA FENTIMAN - The body of Gladys Hammond, which was stolen by animal rights fanatics, will finally be laid to rest next week. … (story)

YOUGOV POLL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR ANIMAL TESTING
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 1.6.06 Support for campaigner - TEENAGE campaigner Laurie Pycroft is delighted that a new poll has shown public support for medical testing on animals is on the increase. The survey by YouGov shows that the number of people who approve of animal testing is now at an all time high, with seven in ten backing live medical experiments…. (story)
Burton Mail 30.5.06 PEOPLE SUPPORTING THE USE OF ANIMALS by David Powles - ACTIVISTS who waged a war against the owners of a farm near Burton only succeeded in making people more supportive of animal testing, a report has revealed…. The YouGov survey of 2,102 people found that 70 per cent supported testing new medical treatments on animals and only 18 per cent were against…. (story)
Swindon Advertiser 30.5.06 Campaigner overjoyed at support - TEENAGE campaigner Laurie Pycroft is delighted that a new poll has shown public support for medical testing on animals is on the increase. The survey by YouGov shows that the proportion of people who approve of animal testing is now at an all time high, with seven in 10 backing live medical experiments… (story)
Daily Telegraph 29.5.06 Public turns on animal terrorists By Philip Johnston Home Affairs Editor - Extremist behaviour by animal rights protesters has had the effect of increasing public support for testing new medical treatments on animals, a poll for The Daily Telegraph has found…. The YouGov survey suggests that fewer than one person in five considers animal testing to be unacceptable in any circumstance…. (story)
Daily Telegraph 29.5.06 Route to extremism By Rosie Murray-West - The animal rights movement as we know it in Britain began in 1963. Its first manifestation, the "peaceful" Hunt Saboteurs Association, was quickly succeeded by a direct action group called Band of Mercy in the early 1970s…. (story)
Daily Telegraph 29.5.06 People are fed up with protesters' thuggery By Prof Colin Blakemore - Sonny, an animal rights activist, opposes the building of a new laboratory at the local university…. This is the tangled plot of Every Breath, a morality play by Judith Johnson, aimed at schoolchildren of 14-plus, which I saw a few days ago at the Wellcome Trust. The actors of the Y-Touring Theatre company described how they stay in character for a debate after each school performance. I was astounded to hear them say that sometimes no pupils will take the animal rights side in these debates… (story)
Daily Telegraph 29.5.06 Extreme tactics by animal rights activists appear to have fatally damaged their cause By Anthony King - Public revulsion at the activities of animal rights extremists appears to be damaging their cause and producing the opposite effect to that intended. According to YouGov's survey for The Daily Telegraph, the proportion of people approving of animal testing in medical research is now at an all-time high and more than three-quarters believe that the more extreme elements among animal rights activists deserve to be called "terrorists"…. (story)
Daily Telegraph 29.5.06 Animal rights wrongs - A decade ago, the majority of the British population opposed the use of live animals in medical research. Today's Telegraph/YouGov poll shows that this position has been reversed…. This change is at least partly down to two factors. First, there are the extreme antics of the animal rights lobby, which have done its cause no favours; the wave of revulsion following the body-snatching of Gladys Hammond is especially highlighted by the poll. The second factor is the vociferous, and courageous, opposition to the animal rights lobby by the science establishment, most recently from the Oxford-based Pro-Test movement…. (story)
Guardian 29.5.06 Animal activist campaign backfires - Press Association - Extreme action by animal rights activists has backfired, according to a new poll that suggests British voters are now more supportive than before of medical tests on animals. Some 70% of those questioned by YouGov for the Daily Telegraph said that it was acceptable to test new medical treatments on animals before they are tested on humans. Earlier polls have produced splits much closer to 50-50 on the issue…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 29.5.06 Extremists 'fuelling support for animal testing' - THE extreme actions of activists have made Britons more supportive of medical tests on animals, according to a poll…. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 1.6.06 Professor gives Laurie pat on back - TEENAGE campaigner Laurie Pycroft of Swindon has been praised for standing up to animal activists by Professor Robert Winston. BBC television presenter Prof Winston, whose programmes include Child of Our Time, says that Laurie, a founder member of the group Pro-Test, has "enthused thousands of students and academics."… (story)

RSPCA EXTREMIST LETTER
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 3.6.06 Activists damage animal cause ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA regional manager for the North. (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 1.6.06 No support for violence - John Hancock, RSPCA Regional Manager, Wales & West. (letter)
North East Evening Gazette 26.5.06 Balaclava v lab coat row rages - ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA regional manager for the North (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 18.5.06 No intimidation - Alan Wolinski Regional manager for the North, RSPCA (letter)
Ilkley Gazette 18.5.06 No intimidation - Alan Wolinski Regional manager for the North, RSPCA (letter)
Coventry Observer 17.5.06 FOLLOWING this week’s focus on animal rights extremism, the RSPCA would like to make one thing absolutely clear - we unreservedly condemn the actions of those who take part in intimidation and violence in the name of bringing laboratory experiments on animals to an end…. John Hancock, Regional Manager, RSPCA (letter)
Northwich Guardian 17.5.06 Why the RSPCA doesn't support animal activists - ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA North Regional Manager (letter in archive)
Northern Echo 16.5.06 EXTREMISM CONDEMNED - Alan Wolinski, RSPCA Regional Manager for the North, Leeds. (letter in archive)
York Evening Press 16.5.06 Animals come first - Alan Wolinski, RSPCA regional manager for the north, Leeds (letter in archive)
Gloucester Citizen 16.5.06 VIOLENCE HAS NO PLACE HERE - JOHN HANCOCK, RSPCA Regional Manager, Wales & West Region (story)
Bolton Evening News 15.5.06 True animal lovers don’t attack people - Alan Wolinski RSPCA regional manager for the North… (story)
The Sentinel 13.5.06 FANATICS HURT ANIMALS' CAUSE - Following this week's focus on animal rights extremism, the RSPCA would like to make one thing absolutely clear: we unreservedly condemn the actions of those who take part in intimidation and violence in the name of bringing laboratory experiments on animals to an end. In our view, this campaign has only succeeded in damaging the animal welfare cause…. (letter)

Bromley Times 1.6.06 Boycott firm that tests products on animals - I'm sure, like me, your readers will be appalled to learn that Procter & Gamble (who make famous brands such as Daz, Fairy, Ariel, Olay and Max Factor) continue to test their cosmetic and household products on animals…. I urge readers to get a list of P&G products and avoid them at all costs. Get the list by writing to Uncaged Campaigns… Jan Yarker, Passive Pressure (story)

Worcester Evening News 1.6.06 Market protest by animal lovers is a bit of a mystery - ANIMAL lovers gathered in Worcester yesterday to protest over live animal exports, but there was some confusion about why they chose the location they did. The demonstration, at Worcester Market in Nunnery Way, came after the EU lifted a ban on British beef to the rest of Europe after the BSE crisis…. But the partners who run Worcester Market said they do not export live animals. That did not stop Pauline Burgess, of Richmond Road, Malvern Link, and other protesters…. Andy Wright, of Solihull, was there to promote veganism, which is a diet that excludes all meat and dairy products… (story in archive)

Gloucestershire Echo 1.6.06 WHAT BAD TASTE - I was horrified to read that rooks have been added to the list of God's creatures that are hunted… Elizabeth Downing, Cheltenham. (letter)

Blackpool Citizen 1.6.06 Keep the puppies out of pet shops - Like Josephine Harwood I am also relieved to learn that another Blackpool pet shop has stopped selling puppies… Pat Price Lytham Road Blackpool (letter)
Blackpool Citizen 18.5.06 Good move over pup sales - I was very relieved to learn that another pet shop has stopped selling puppies in Blackpool. Personally, I think there is not need for any pet shop to sell live animals…. Mrs J Harwood. Bispham (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 1.6.06 THANK YOU FOR HELPING ANIMALS - Compassion in World Farming would like to thank the people of Stroud for raising £127.33 at our street collection on May 20… KAREN MANSELL, Street Collection Co-ordinator (letter)

Wirral Globe 1.6.06 I turned over a new leaf by becoming a vegan - FOLLOWING National Vegetarian Week, Globe reader and professional singer LISA MURPHY explains why she has gone one step further by foregoing all meat and dairy products and even cooked meals, for a Raw Food diet…. A couple of years later I read a book by Juliet Gelatley, The Silent Ark, and immediately became a vegetarian. I would challenge anyone to read that book and continue to eat meat…. (story)